More than one-third of adults in the United States live with a bulging varicose vein, a network of smaller spider veins, or some other bothersome vein problem. The experienced team at Integrated Dermatology of Brookline uses sclerotherapy to erase spider veins as well as early-stage varicose veins effectively. Call your nearest office in Brookline or Andover, Massachusetts, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rockoff or Dr. Wang today.
Your veins have a series of one-way valves that keep your blood flowing in the right direction. If these valves become weak or damaged, blood may back up or pool around the valve, causing your veins to swell.
Varicose veins are the result of repeated pooling and swelling around a one-way valve. These dark blue or purple veins look noticeably enlarged or bulging and typically occur in the lower leg.
Spider veins are a milder form of varicose veins that are named for their web-like appearance. Unlike varicose veins, they develop closer to the surface of your skin. Usually red or blue in color, spider veins may be small and contained, or they may form a visible network that covers a large area of skin.
Like varicose veins, spider veins that occur in your lower legs are caused by repeated blood pooling and vein swelling.
While the vast majority of varicose veins and spider veins don’t pose any serious health risks, they can become problematic if they burst, bleed, or cause persistent throbbing, cramping, or swelling.
Although some people do have varicose veins or spider veins removed for medical reasons, most people who opt to treat them do so for aesthetic reasons.
Sclerotherapy is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting a hypertonic saline solution directly into a bothersome or unwanted vein, ultimately causing it to collapse.
As the treatment of choice for unwanted spider veins as well as small to midsize varicose veins, these safe and highly effective injections work by irritating the targeted vein, causing it to swell shut. The unused vein eventually collapses and forms scar tissue that’s absorbed by your body.
Although sclerotherapy is most often used to treat spider veins and early-stage varicose veins in the lower body, it’s also an effective treatment solution for unsightly facial spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a quick in-office procedure. After cleaning and disinfecting the treatment area, the team at Integrated Dermatology of Brookline slowly injects the sclerotherapy solution into the unwanted vein.
Afterward, they gently massage the treatment area to keep blood out of the injected vessel and help the solution disperse properly. The number of injections you require is determined by the size and number of veins you’re treating.
To find out how you can benefit from sclerotherapy, call Integrated Dermatology of Brookline, or book an appointment online today.