Spider veins—those visible dark blue or red veins that often show up on the legs—are a common problem, especially among women. While not normally physically painful, spider veins can cause problems with low self-esteem and may prevent you from wearing certain types of clothing due to embarrassment. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical injectable treatment performed by Dr. Renuka Diwan MD, FAAD to help eliminate the appearance of these spider veins.
“I was on the beach and I looked down on my legs…they look amazing!!! No veins! Dr. Diwan did an amazing job. Thank you!” – SZ
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Sclerotherapy remains the treatment of choice for patients with spider veins, and can provide extremely effective results. The results are more predictable than those from laser treatment of spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is an office procedure, which involves injection of the spider veins with a concentrated salt-water (saline) solution. Other solutions are available for injection, but saline is the safest and most effective in our experience. Dr. Diwan has helped many men and women by safely and effectively treating their spider veins with saline injection sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy causes minor discomfort—similar to that from eyebrow tweezing —for most patients. If desired, Dr. Diwan can use an anesthetic cream prior to your Sclerotherapy to minimize any discomfort.
Following your treatment, you should be able to return to your normal routine with little to no downtime. You will have small bruises at the injection sites which fade over 7-10 days. Wearing long pants or a long skirt helps to hide the bruises. We recommend wearing compression hose for the treated areas for three days. Dr. Diwan will provide you with detailed care instructions once your treatment is complete.
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After just one sclerotherapy treatment, the problem veins often fade dramatically or disappear completely. However, it will take six weeks (*) for the final result from the treatment session to be evident.
A second or third treatment may be recommended for further improvement and disappearance of the veins. The best time to have sclerotherapy is in the fall, winter, and spring since it is easier to keep the legs protected from the sun and hide the small temporary bruises. Sun protection before and after sclerotherapy is important to minimize the risk of pigmentation, especially in darker skin types.
As new veins may appear, over time, in patients with a tendency to have spider veins, additional treatments with Dr. Diwan may be necessary to keep your legs looking their best.