Varicose veins and spider veins can be painful and embarrassing, impacting your life in unexpected ways. Hollywood Dermatology sclerotherapy treatments can help reduce or relieve the symptoms of these vein conditions so you can get back to what you love.
What Causes Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Increased blood pressure can weaken blood vessels, causing blood to pool in certain areas or backflow within the veins. This causes spider veins and varicose veins to form. Factors like aging, injury, genetics, and certain cardiovascular diseases may increase your risks of developing vascular damage. While typically harmless, more severe varicose vein cases can cause pain and discomfort or be a sign of underlying issues.
Spider veins and varicose veins are most common on the legs, but may also occur on the arms or neck. Vascular bulging on the neck is called jugular vein distention and may be a sign of more serious, potentially life-threatening health conditions.
- Varicose vein symptoms can vary and include:
- Bulging, blue-tinted or dark veins
- Heaviness in the affected appendage
- Burning, aching, or throbbing in the legs
- Muscle cramping and discomfort
- Swelling in the legs and ankles
While varicose veins and spider veins aren’t inherently dangerous, they can interfere in your day to day life. Poor circulation to your limbs can cause serious discomfort and the visible symptoms can be embarrassing and affect your self-confidence. Thankfully, varicose vein treatments like sclerotherapy offered at Hollywood Dermatology can give you the relief you deserve.
How Sclerotherapy Works
Sclerotherapy works by shrinking damaged veins and helping blood flow reroute to stronger, healthier blood vessels. Varicose vein sclerotherapy injections directly target the affected areas with FDA-approved saline-sclerosant solutions to improve your skin’s appearance.
People who use sclerotherapy to treat varicose veins may begin seeing improvements after just one treatment, with most only needing two for optimal results. In more substantial cases, results may require up to four sclerotherapy sessions. Each session will take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the severity of your case.
Is Sclerotherapy Safe?
Sclerotherapy is completely safe with minimal health risks. As the solution shrinks the damaged blood vessels they are eventually absorbed into the body, clearing your complexion and improving your skin’s texture.
While serious reactions are rare, they do happen. The most common side effects include minor discomfort and/or swelling at the injection site. Other rarer potential side effects include:
- Infections requiring antibiotic treatment
- Ulceration at the injection site
- Blood clots
- Allergic reaction
At Hollywood Dermatology, we go above and beyond to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. Our clinic is well-equipped with the latest in dermatology technology and only uses the highest quality products to ensure every patient gets the best possible results.
How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?
Sclerotherapy permanently removes existing spider veins and varicose veins. Because the process results in your body reabsorbing the damaged blood vessels, these vessels cannot reform. However, if there is an underlying health condition that causes the varicose veins to form, it is possible for new veins to become damaged and appear in the same area. In these cases, treatment of the core health issue may be paramount to preventing future issues.
If you do experience recurrent spider and varicose veins, sclerotherapy is still an effective treatment option, so long as it’s been at least six weeks since your last session.
What to Avoid After Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy for spider veins and varicose veins is a quick, non-invasive treatment process requiring little to no downtime. However, it is important to follow your dermatologist’s post-care instructions to prevent infections and other complications.
48 hours after treatment, you should avoid:
- Anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or ibuprofen
- Submerging or applying heat to the treated area
- Direct exposure to the sun or other UV light sources
You may be advised to wear compression ware for five to seven days following sclerotherapy to help compress the treated blood vessels. Likewise, walking around post-injection helps to improve circulation and prevent blood clots from forming. However, it is advised to avoid strenuous exercise and activity for at least 24 hours to prevent further damage to the blood vessels.
Following your treatment, your dermatologist will go over your exact aftercare instructions including what you should do and what to avoid doing. We are also available to answer any questions you may have during your recovery by phone or email.