What are Spider Veins?
Sunburst or spider veins of the lower extremities are unattractive and embarrassing to many people. The treatment and eradication of these veins by Sclerotherapy is simple, effective and safe. It is uncertain how spider veins form, but they tend to be more common in some families. Mechanical trauma to the skin and long periods of standing may also play a role. Thousands of people are delighted with the results they are getting from this treatment.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a variety of sclerosing solutions such as Aethoxysclerol, which contain sodium chloride or concentrated salts (23.4% hypertonic saline) into the spider veins (telangiectasias).A very fine needle is used resulting in minimal discomfort.
What are the benefits of Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy provides an improved appearance of the legs free from bruising or blotchiness of the skin, and may also help relieve minor discomfort from some swollen and burst veins. A large number of veins within a given area may improve with a single injection.
Who Performs the Treatment?
Toni Stockton, MD, FAAD; Certified Physician Assistants; Nurse Practioner; Aesthetic RN or a laser certified Aesthetician will perform your treatments. The clinicians have attended certification courses in this procedure and are all licensed professionals in the State of Arizona. They have taken great measures to ensure that your treatment is performed safely and effectively. They attend national meetings frequently to stay updated on the latest, best and safest techniques and remain at the forefront of cosmetic skin procedures. Your questions and concerns regarding the treatment shall be addressed to your provider.
Who is Not a Candidate?
Phlebitis (superficial vein inflammation) may occur. Individuals with a past history of phlebitis should not have their veins sclerosed. These individuals should consider other treatment options. Call the office to learn more.
What to Expect
Although in most cases, Sclerotherapy is a successful and safe treatment, results are unpredictable. Generally, 50-75% of those vessels injected will close up successfully. Remember that the treated veins will look worse for several weeks (“purple veins” for six weeks) but will gradually fade. Some require up to six months before fading. Residual pigment may remain longer. Vessels that remain open can be re-injected. The number of treatment sessions needed to clear or improve the condition differs from patient to patient, depending on the extent and severity of varicose and spider veins present.