Sclerotherapy 

A non-invasive solution for the removal of spider veins

Spider Vein Treatment

Spider veins or telangiectasia are groups of tiny blood vessels that are visible just under the surface of the skin. They are very common, usually red, blue or purple and the look similar to spindly spider legs or a spider web. They are commonly found on legs/thighs and will generally increase in number as you age due to a variety of factors such as weight gain, hormonal influences, heredity, or extended periods of standing. Once you develop spider veins they will not disappear on their own and will require some form of intervention if you want to remove theses veins. 

 

Skin Worthy Toronto can help you eliminate these small veins using Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves an very small injection of a sodium chloride solution directly into the affected veins. As a result, veins become irritated, clot and eventually collapse. This treatment has been used by doctors for decades and we feel that it is still one of the most effective treatments for spider veins.

 

Sclerotherapy will eliminate the appearance of these veins and also treat the uncomfortable symptoms associated such as itching, mild pain, general discomfort. Once the solution is injected, these veins will collapse and become scar tissue, which will eventually fade and be reabsorbed into the blood stream. This a quick, safe and generally painless procedure that can be performed in our office in under than an hour.

The Procedure

After a consultation and medical history is completed a Sclerotherapy procedure will only take about 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins you want treated. The entire procedure is fast and easy. Most of our patients report minimal pain or tiny pin pricks on the skin along with a minor burning sensation at the injection site. Initially you will be comfortable seated on your back with your legs slightly raised, then the treatment areas will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution or rubbing alcohol. The veins will then be injected with the treatment solution using an ultra-fine needle.

 

The exact number of injections necessary will depend on how many veins we are treating and how long they are. In general, one sclerotherapy injection is needed for every inch of damaged vein. A compression pad may be taped onto the injection site to keep the area compressed

Recovery

After the procedure, it is important to walk around to prevent formation of blood clots in your legs. Most people return to their normal activities on the same day.

 

At your appointment we will give you specific instructions to follow for recovery, including:

 

  • Avoiding sun exposure to the treated areas for two weeks after the procedure. The inflammation caused by the injections combined with sun exposure can lead to dark spots on your skin, especially if you already have a dark skin tone.

  • Wear compression stockings to maintain compression on the treated veins.

Reports show that up to 80 percent of spider can be eliminated after each session, but sometimes multiple sessions will be necessary to eliminate the veins. We recommend that once the veins have healed our patients maintain an active lifestyle to keep the damaged veins from returning

Side Effects

Sclerotherapy is a simple and typically safe procedure. However, as with any procedure, it does carry some risk and may cause side effects.

 

Temporary side effects that may occur at the injection site include:

 

  • Stinging or pain at the sites of injection

 

  • Swelling of the ankles or feet, or muscle cramps

 

  • Red, raised areas at the injection sites, these are similar to hives, and should disappear within a day or so.

 

  • Brown lines or spots on the skin at the injection sites. Darkened areas may result when blood escapes from treated veins. They are probably formed from iron in the blood. These dark areas occur more often in patients who have larger veins or patients who tan easily. In most cases they disappear within a year, but they may last longer.

 

  • Groups of fine red blood vessels near the injection sites of larger vessels. About one-third of patients develop groups of vessels, especially on the thighs. Most disappear by themselves, some need additional injection treatments or laser therapy, and a few vessels may not disappear with treatment.

 

  • Small, painful ulcers at treatment sites, which may develop immediately following treatment or after a few days. These occur when some of the solution escapes into the surrounding skin or enters a small artery at the treatment site. They can be successfully treated, but it is important to tell us immediately if they develop.

 

  • Temporary bruises. Bruises usually occur after treatment and are probably related to the thinness of blood vessel walls. They usually disappear in a few weeks. Occasionally, bruising occurs after sclerotherapy.

 

  • Allergic reactions to sclerosing solutions. Although allergic reactions are uncommon, they can be treated. Inform us immediately if you do experience an allergic reaction.

 

  • Inflammation of treated blood vessels. This is very unusual but can be treated with medications such as aspirin, compression, antibiotics or heat.

 

  • Lumps in injected vessels. Lumps are caused by coagulated blood. They are not dangerous and treatable, pleas informs us if you notice the symptom.

 

  • Burning with discolouration of the skin

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