A common way to treat uncomplicated spider and reticular veins is with sclerotherapy. It is a minimally invasive in-office procedure. A chemical is injected into the veins, causing them to collapse. Once that happens, the blood is forced to flow through healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy does not prevent new spider veins and small varicose veins from forming. Some veins are treated more than once, while other veins may need to be injected only once. After sclerotherapy, the injection sites are covered with gauze and tape. Depending on the amount and severity of your veins, you may have to wear compression stockings for two to three days and possibly two to three weeks during the daytime.
What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?
The side effects of sclerotherapy are mild and short lasting. They include:
bruises at the site of the injection
brown discoloration of the skin
development of new spider veins
swelling around the ankles
small skin ulcerations
development of “trapped blood”
Most of these last for a few weeks and do not affect the long-term results.
What is the recovery period after treatment?
There is no recovery time for sclerotherapy. You can be back to work the same day.
WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Insurance does not cover sclerotherapy when performed for cosmetic reasons. If you have questions about the cost of the consultation, treatment, or stockings, please call us at 337-484-1400.
Two to four treatments are typically required for best results. In patients with milder cases, one to two treatments will suffice.
Compression stockings may need to be worn after treatment.
The Vein Center of Louisiana offers a free consultation/ultrasound with our specialized vein nurse to determine if sclerotherapy is right for you.
If you have a more serious venous disease, you may need to see one of our physicians.
Contact us today to schedule your free screening.