Vein Therapy

Vein Therapy

Eliminate unsightly veins

vein-therapy-before-afterVein Therapy (Sclerotherapy) is the superior treatment for varicose and spider veins Telangiectasia (spider veins) are enlarged blood vessels that affect women commonly but can be seen in men.These veins are unsightly and may lead to dull achey legs after prolonged standing.

The veins are injected with several different solutions. These include chemicals called Salicylate, Thromboject and Sclerodex. Each of these solutions irritates the lining of the vein that was injected. Over a period of 3-4 weeks, the vessels will darken and then disappear.

You may feel a mild burning sensation during the treatment and some minor discomfort for a short time afterwards. Sclerotheraphy is generally a very safe procedure. Complications that rarely occur include: Small brown spots along the treated veins, allergic reaction, Infection at the injection site, Tiny white scar injection site

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small veins which often appear red or blue. They are found much closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often spider veins present like spider webs or small trees with tiny branches. Although a spider vein may appear in various places on the body, they most often appear on the legs and on the face.

What can cause spider veins?

There are many possible causes for spider veins. Exposure to wind, extreme heat or cold, and sun damage can definitely lead to spider veins or Telangiectasias.  In addition to these factors genetic predisposition, aging and hormonal issues can also play a role in the development of spider veins.
Although more prevalent in women, men also are affected with this condition. Often men will present with a series of broken capillaries on their cheeks.

Can Compression Stockings help reduce/prevent spider veins?

Compression stockings put helpful pressure on your veins. There are 3 kinds of compression stockings: (1) support pantyhose, which offer the least amount of pressure; these also often are not “gradient” or “graduated.” That means they provide pressure all over instead of where it is needed most. (2) Over-the-counter gradient compression hose, which give a little more pressure. They are sold in medical supply and drugstores. (3) Prescription-strength gradient compression hose, which offer the greatest amount of pressure. They are sold in medical supply and drugstores. You need to be fitted for them by someone who has been trained to do this. You must have these stockings before you can have a Sclerotherapy treatment. We can provide you with a prescription for stockings during your consultation.

What is Sclerotherapy?

At Laser It! we offer sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins. A needle is used to inject a liquid chemical into the vein. The chemical causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade. This treatment does not require anesthesia. You can return to normal activity right after treatment. The same vein may need to be treated more than once. Treatments are usually done every 4 to 6 weeks. You may be asked to wear gradient compression stockings after sclerotherapy to help with healing and decrease swelling. This treatment is very effective when done correctly.

What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?

Possible side effects include:

  • Stinging, red and raised patches of skin, or bruises where the injection was made. These usually go away shortly after treatment.
  • Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein. These also usually go away shortly after treatment.