Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat spider veins. A medical provider injects a solution directly into the affected vein. The injection irritates the vessel’s lining, causing it to swell and stick together. This process forces blood to travel through other veins, and the vessel turns into scar tissue that eventually fades from view. This procedure has been proven safe and effective and has been safely used to treat patients since the 1930s.
What are spider veins? Are they dangerous?
Many patients experience spider veins as they age and after pregnancy. Spider veins occur when the small blood vessels in the skin pool with blood, resulting in red color on the skin. Although they most commonly appear on the legs, they can appear anywhere on the body. Spider veins are not dangerous, but they can be a nuisance and are visually unappealing.
The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy is by meeting with one of our providers who can evaluate the treatment area. The best candidates for sclerotherapy are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding and must be at least three months postpartum to be considered for this procedure.
What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective procedure to treat spider veins in the legs.
What is recovery like?
Just like any medical procedure, there is a chance for adverse effects. Although most people experience a smooth recovery, some patients experience adverse reactions. For example, treatments for more prominent injected veins can become hard or appear lumpy for several months before improving. In some cases, raised or red areas may occur at the injection sites, although this typically disappears within a few days. In addition, some patients experience brown lines or spots on the skin at the injection site, which usually disappear within 3-6 months, although they can be permanent in rare cases.
Other adverse reactions include bruising around the injection site, and small temporary vessels may develop in the treated area. This is called revascularization, which can appear days or weeks after the procedure but is considered normal and will not require additional treatment. In addition, it’s possible to experience allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent, although that is rarely serious.
How many treatments will I need?
When you come in for your consultation, our talented technicians will examine the area you’d like to have treated and determine the number of treatments that will be needed for optimal results. Although each patient can react differently, most patients achieve desirable results within four treatment sessions.
Why choose LUX Med Spa for your Sclerotherapy treatment?
Dr. Larsen is a double board-certified plastic surgeon and has carefully assembled his team at LUX. He only works with the industry’s best professionals, and the LUX team shares his high standards for excellence in patient care and optimal results.
You will receive treatments in our boutique, personalized spa. Our state-of-the-art nonsurgical cosmetic treatments are provided by a team of medical and aesthetic specialists. Our entire spa experience is designed for your comfort and optimal results. Call us today at 404.465.1234 to book your consultation and see what a difference LUX Med Spa could make for you.
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Alan N. Larsen, MD.
Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.
Alan N. Larsen, MD.Double Board-Certified Atlanta Plastic SurgeonDr. Larsen established Buckhead Plastic Surgery as a boutique practice to offer world-class, personalized service to women and men throughout the Southeast. Dr. Larsen’s compassion and talent are complemented by his elite training with some of the nation’s finest plastic surgeons.