Sclerotherapy is the most commonly used treatment for small varicose veins. This treatment involves injecting a small volume of liquid into the diseased vein, which causes inflammation of the vein walls, as a result the vein walls stick together and collapse.
This solution effectively prevents the vein from working and consequently the vein stops carrying blood, and disappears with time. Sclerotherapy usually requires repeated treatments and can cause brown discoloration of the vein that may take up to a year to disappear.
As an alternative to injection sclerotherapy, we use laser sclerotherapy to treat spider veins. Laser is preferable when the veins are very fine. During this procedure, we deliver an intense burst of light to the vessel, which heats the blood within it and destroys the vessel.
Immediately after laser treatment your skin may be red with some tenderness. Generally over a period of 24 – 48 hours this redness will resolve. Patients do not require bandaging after laser therapy but need to wear elastic stockings daily.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is a procedure we use to treat larger superficial veins and deeper veins that cannot be seen or felt. It is an alternative to vein stripping and endovenous laser treatment.
We inject a solution into the veins using ultrasound, causing the vein walls to collapse. Use of compression stockings will make sure that the vein walls remain collapsed.
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy requires expert knowledge that standard sclerotherapy does not. As we treat larger veins, smaller spider and reticular veins will often disappear.
Some advantages with this procedure include no scarring and the fading of smaller veins. However, some patients develop brownish discolorations or allergic reactions. In rare instances, some patients have developed skin ulcers.
Which Treatment Do I Need?
Our experts can provide a detailed evaluation and diagnose your vein problems. We will discuss treatment options with you and recommend the best course of action. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get started!