Do your legs look older than you are? You are not alone. 60% of Americans are dealing with venous disease. Spider veins and varicose veins can be unsightly and even painful. While the exact cause is often unknown, genetics, aging, pregnancy, hormones, and even occupation can play a role. Rejuvenation Medical Aesthetics is now offering vein consultation and treatment services with Dr. Seth Stein, a fellowship-trained subspecialty expert with experience treating both cosmetic and medical vein disease.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are tiny red or purple veins close to the skin surface about the size of a human hair. They are harmless and pose no health risk. However, some find them unsightly.
What Causes Spider Veins?
The cause is not completely understood, but genetics, hormones, pregnancy, standing or sitting for prolonged periods may play a role.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are thick, bulging, ropey veins which are larger and deeper than spider veins. They may throb or ache, especially when standing for long periods. There are multiple treatment options available for varicose veins including thermal/non-thermal ablation, microphlebectomy, and ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. During your consultation, Dr. Stein will assess your veins and discuss treatment options. Varicose veins may require further diagnostic workup, usually with ultrasound which Dr. Stein can discuss during your visit.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is one of the most common, safest and most effective methods for treating spider veins. This treatment involves injecting a small amount of a liquid (sclerosant) into the leg veins. Once injected, this sclerosant will irritate the inside of the vein. This causes the small veins to collapse, shrivel and disappear. It may take several weeks to see results.
Is Sclerotherapy Painful?
You may feel mild discomfort during the procedure. However, most do not need pain medicine to prepare them for this.
What Happens After The Sclerotherapy Procedure?
After the injections, compression stockings are applied and worn consistently for 1 week.
Bruising is common after the injections, and legs will often look worse before they look better.
How Many Sclerotherapy Sessions Will I Need?
First, a consultation is scheduled with Dr. Seth Stein. This can be in person at RMA or via Telemedicine. During the consultation, Dr. Stein will be able to assess the areas to be treated, as well as answer any questions you may have.
Each person is different, but several injections may be needed for each leg during each session. One course of treatment may require several sessions.
Your body needs time to heal between sessions. Therefore, please schedule your sessions 2 to 4 weeks apart. This allows for the best results.
What Kind Of Results Can I Expect From Sclerotherapy?
Most people have good results from sclerotherapy. Once the initial redness and bruising goes away, most are very satisfied with the treatment. A course of treatment is considered successful if it improves unwanted veins by 75 to 80%. Several sessions are often needed to get the best results.