Although spider veins that appear beneath the skin of your legs may be small, they can make you feel unattractive. The "gold standard" for treatment of spider veins is Sclerotherapy.
If you feel that you would like to discuss treating your spider veins with Sclerotherapy, we are here to help. Contact Ancaster Dermatology Centre at (905) 304-1122 to schedule your visit.
Most people readily tolerate this minimally-invasive procedure that can successfully improve the appearance of spider veins and small to medium reticular veins. If you suffer from a bleeding or cardiovascular condition, skin infection, vein thrombosis, poorly-managed diabetes, or take certain medications, you may not be considered a candidate.
Sclerotherapy is provided to patients who seek to reduce the appearance of unwanted spider veins. We refer patients with larger reticular and varicose veins to specialized vein clinics. The type and strength of the sclerosing agent/solution will vary upon the vessel type and is injected into the vein with a very fine needle. This solution irritates the blood vessel lining, causing it to swell and stick together. The vein will collapse and shrink down, preventing blood from entering the vein. Over the next few weeks, the vessel will fade until it is nearly or completely invisible. Some areas may require additional treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. You should experience little to no discomfort during the sclerotherapy procedure. You can generally return to your everyday activities right away, although you should avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours. If you've had sclerotherapy performed on your legs, you will have tensor bandages applied that are to be worn for 48 hours and we recommend support hose to help achieve more effective results. You may experience redness, swelling, bruising at the injection site. Bruising should subside within a week or so. In just a short while, you will be delighted with the results.