Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for spider veins and medium size reticular veins. At VeinTherapies we use FDA approved sclerosing agents Sotradecol® (sodium tetradecyl sulfate injection) or newly approved AscleraTM (Polidocanol). A tiny needle is used to inject the problem veins with Sotradecol® or AscleraTM, selectively sealing off the spider vein. Often times, we utilize a specialized mapping light. This intense light allows us to follow the spider vein below the surface and insure precision injecting. The body then breaks down the damaged vein and absorbs it, causing it to disappear over time. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications. Sclerotherapy is relatively painless and you are able to resume many normal activities immediately.
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy is an advanced form of sclerotherapy. The sclerosant is used to obliterate varicose veins that feed difficult, persistent spider veins. The principle is the same as conventional sclerotherapy. The new points in this technique are that the Sotradecol® or AscleraTM is agitated to produce a microfoam mixture. When this is injected into the veins, it can be traced using an ultrasound scanner. This enables treatment of veins that can’t be seen because they are below the surface of the skin and would otherwise require surgical removal. Using ultrasound improves the accuracy of the injection and the use of foam maximizes the effect of the sclerosing agent.
Laser Vein Removal
Laser Vein Therapy is performed using the Cutera CoolGlide Laser which offers the most advanced laser technology, a unique design, and a longer wavelength. The laser energy safely passes through the skin and is selectively absorbed by the targeted vein.
The vein will gradually disappear. The lasers unique cooling method provides cool comfort without the need for topical cooling or anesthesia. Our laser system can safely and effectively treat both tiny superficial facial veins and deeper blue leg veins on men and
women of all skin tones.
Vein Therapy Q & A
How does Vein Therapy work?
Our laser system delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.
Who can be treated?
Our laser system features a unique design and long wavelength that allow them to treat patients of all skin tones. We will advise you if vein therapy is right for you.
What types of veins can be treated?
We can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins (or “telangiectasia”) can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates. A careful evaluation will help you determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.
How does this compare to Sclerotherapy?
Many patients prefer vein therapy because there are no painful injections.
What about blood blisters and port wine stains?
Blood blisters or “hemangiomas” respond very well to vein therapy, usually with just one treatment. Patients with port wine stains and other vascular lesions who had given up on finding a solution have been overwhelmed by the success of their vascular treatments.
How many treatments do I need?
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, ask your medical professional about your specific condition.
Do the treatments hurt?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
What happens after the treatment?
Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur. When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment. Patients who have leg vein treatments may be advised to wear support hose for a short period of time.
What are the possible side effects?
Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However, it is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.
When will I see results?
Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear, but these too can be removed with our laser system.
Facial Veins Before
Facial Veins After
Leg Veins Before
Leg Veins After
Also see our Veinwave page, a new procedure which uses thermocoagulation to safely and effectively treat spider veins and telangiectasia anywhere on the body.