Varicose vein disease and specifically spider veins are most commonly treated by Sclerotherapy. The treatment involves injecting a ‘sclerosant’ solution directly into the vein. The goal of treatment is irreversible venous closure (fibrotic occlusion) followed by absorption of the vein. Venous blood is then redirected from the abnormal vessel to healthy veins.
As a result, leg discomfort and cosmetic appearance improve. Both ‘liquid’ and ‘foam’ formulations are used. The liquid injection is used for smaller, surface veins. Foam injection has increased potency and thus is used to treat larger veins. In addition, foam can be observed under ultrasound, in real time, for better precision.
There are some reasons why you might not be a suitable candidate for this treatment, like if you are pregnant, have an allergy to sclerosant, have active clotting or bleeding episodes and immobility.
At your consultation, our venous expert will customize a treatment plan that is right for you. The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient, depending on how many veins there are, and the patient’s expectations. For best results, three or four sessions are needed for most patients. Treatment sessions are scheduled at four-week intervals until the desired results are achieved.
Contact our office at 615.455.3000 to begin your journey to healthier, pain free legs.