Spider veins are very small, fine, red or blue veins that are less than 1 mm in diameter. They lie closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins and may resemble a thin red line, tree branches, or spider patterns. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face and may cover a small or large area.
Small varicose veins, also known as reticular veins, are small blood vessels that measure between 1 to 3 mm in diameter and are also known as feeder veins. Small varicose veins can enlarge as a result of increased pressure in the vein or from weakened vein valves. You may have only small varicose veins or both small varicose and spider veins at the same time.
Healthy adults who are bothered by unwanted veins in their legs can often benefit from sclerotherapy. Ideal candidates will have not had blood clotting issues in the past, are not pregnant or nursing, and have not been pregnant within the last three months. For more information regarding candidacy, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
During a treatment, you will receive multiple small injections into the veins. The injection process takes about 30 to 60 minutes. The time and the exact number of injections will depend on the number of veins you have on your legs.
Immediately after treatment, you should walk for 15 to 30 minutes. You will need to wear compression stockings after the procedure and every day and night for 2 to 3 days, then as needed for the following 2 to 3 weeks. Compression stockings are designed to apply pressure to your lower legs, helping to maintain blood flow, and reduce swelling to decrease the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
For optimal safety, we do not recommend you fly on an airplane for 2 to 3 days following a sclerotherapy treatment. You should also avoid heavy exercise, sunbathing, hot baths, hot tubs, and saunas for 72 hours.
The number and frequency of treatments depend on the size of the vessels and their location. We typically recommend three treatment sessions spaced two weeks apart.
Is sclerotherapy permanent?
You can expect semi-permanent or permanent results once the treated vein is completely dissolved. Usually, 3 treatments are recommended spaced 6 weeks apart for the optimal correction.
How does sclerotherapy work?
A chemical solution will be injected into the vessels to shrink the vessel. The treated vein will collapse, and the scar tissue will fade.
If you are ready to take the first step toward eliminating unwanted spider and varicose veins, contact Glamour Medical Aesthetics in the Miami and Aventura, FL area today to schedule your consultation appointment. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.