What is Sclerotherapy?
Spider veins are dilated skin capillaries that tend to be inherited but can also be triggered by sun exposure, trauma, aging or prolonged standing. They may be red (arterial capillaries) or blue (venous capillaries) and most people have both types. The Sclerotherapy micro-injection technique involves injecting a solution directly into these small capillaries using a very tiny needle and several injections may be needed.
“Excellent! My spider vein treatment was a great experience! I really liked the friendliness of your staff and I’m very satisfied with the results.”
— Olympic Dermatology Sclerotherapy patient, October 2018
How Does it Work?
A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein through a micro-needle. The solution replaces blood in the vein and generates irritation and ultimately corrosion to the vessel walls. This causes the vein to turn white and gradually disappear. The body begins a natural healing process as the vein shrinks in appearance. Temporary tenderness may occur during the first 24-48 hours. Heavy duty stockings will be prescribed to wear the first 48-72 hours to help keep pressure on leg veins to improve the outcome. Patients wear compression hose every day for the next 2 to 4 weeks, after the initial treatment, for increased clearance of veins. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. A tan or brownish pigment may persist for 6 to 8 weeks when larger veins are involved.
What are the Benefits?
- Improved appearance
- Multiple veins can be treated in a single session
- Treats larger veins
- Can be combined with VascuLite for complex vein clusters
- Non-invasive with minimal downtime
How Many Treatments are Recommended?
Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimal results. Size, quantity, and severity of the vein condition will determine the number of needed and if a combination of therapies is recommended for each patient’s individual needs. Treatments are spaced out every 4-6 weeks. Our experienced cosmetic providers and laser specialists will provide you with an individualized treatment plan to maximize results. Discounted procedure packages are available.
Make an appointment with one of our one of our experienced cosmetic providers and laser specialists by calling 360-459-1700 or schedule online. We look forward to helping you to healthy, glowing skin that feels and looks great. Initial cosmetic consultations are always free.