Do you have a network of tiny unsightly veins on your legs, arms, face, hands or chest? If so, you’re not alone. Varicose and spider veins plague many people and can be caused by a number of things, including:
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Long periods of sitting or standing
How Does it Work?
Sclerotherapy consists of a series of small injections of a substance known as a sclerosant into the unwanted vein that will seal it off from the inside. The body naturally redirects the blood flow to healthy veins and the spider vein will shrink, collapse and disappear by being reabsorbed into the body. Our expert cosmetic surgeons will first numb the area to be treated with a topical anesthesia so discomfort is very minimal. The treatment takes about 30 minutes or less.
What’s the Recovery?
Immediately following the procedure you will need to elevate your legs for a short period of time. You may feel a little itching or cramping but this will quickly disappear. You must wear compression stockings for 3 days after Sclerotherapy. You may notice a slight bruising or skin discoloration at the site but this too will fade within a few weeks.
What are the Results?
You should see the disappearance of the vein within a month’s time. Follow up visits may be necessary as more veins appear or if the vein is large and requires more than one treatment. You will be allowed to return to exercising and other normal activities three days after this non-invasive procedure (although you will need to avoid sun exposure to the area that was treated for six weeks).
If you are a man or woman in good health with unsightly spider or varicose veins that you would like to have removed, contact our Cranberry Township office or one of our other Pittsburgh area offices by calling: 724-683-7581 for more information. We offer a free consultation where one of our cosmetic surgeons will meet with you and help you determine if Sclerotherapy is the right treatment for you.