Spider Vein Removal

Spider Vein Romoval

Treatment Type:

  • Injection Sclerotherapy
  • SCITION ClearSacn

What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and “spider veins.” During sclerotherapy, the physician injects a solution directly into the affected vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure and has been used since the 1930s.

How is sclerotherapy done?
The solution is injected directly into the blood vessel, using very fine needles. The number of veins injected in one session is variable, depending on the size and location of the veins, and the patient’s overall medical condition.

How will I feel?

Mild discomfort may occur when the veins are injected, and a cramping sensation may be felt for 1 to 2 minutes when larger veins are injected.

How successful is sclerotherapy in treating varicose and spider veins?
Sclerotherapy works well for most patients. It is estimated that as many as 50 percent to 80 percent of injected veins may be eliminated with each injection session. A few (less than 10 percent) of the people who have sclerotherapy do not respond to the injections at all. In these instances, different solutions or a different method, such as laser therapy, may be tried.

In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 3 to 6 weeks, and larger veins respond in 3 to 4 months. If the veins respond to the treatment, usually they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear over time. If needed, you may return for injections.

  • SCITION ClearSacn


Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins and broken capillaries can appear anywhere on the body. For the face, we typically use a laser to collapse the vessel. Vascular lasers use infrared energy to target blood vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular growths, and discoloration. During the treatment, your eyes will be protected with safety glasses. You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses preferentially reacts with red pigment and causes them to fade away.There is very little pain and minimal downtime. Your procedure may take a few minutes up to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated. Redness or a pink color at the treatment site may last a few days. Stay out of the sun for 1-2 weeks after the laser treatment and wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.
For the legs, we usually begin with one to three sclerotherapy sessions. Sclerotherapy is the injection of spider veins or telangectasia (small red and purple veins) with a sclerosing agent, which causes the veins to collapse and fade away. With each treatment approximately 50-75% of the vessels injected will resolve. There is mild discomfort during the injection due to the needle itself, but the solution is painless as it enters the vessel. In general, support stockings are not required before or after treatment, however, they may prevent or decrease bruising after the treatment. Repeat treatments can be scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.
For larger vessels,varicose veins, and stasis dermatitis (brown-orange discoloration of the legs), there may be a medical problem with the circulation in the legs. Ultrasound evaluation and treatment with endovenous laser or Clarivein may be necessary. Often, these medical procedures can be covered by insurance. Please ask us for more information.