What Is It?
A procedure called sclerotherapy is used to treat unwanted blood vessels in the legs. A sclerosing solution is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell, stick together, and the blood to thicken. Over a period of weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that is absorbed, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible.
A single blood vessel may have to be injected more than once, some weeks or months apart, depending on its size. In any one treatment session a number of vessels can be injected.
How successful is sclerotherapy?
After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50 percent to 90 percent improvement. However, fading is gradual, usually over months. Disappearance of spider veins is usually achieved, but similar veins may appear in the same general area.
Will insurance cover the treatment of unwanted blood vessels?
Unfortunately, treatment of spider veins is considered a cosmetic service and is not covered.
What are the risks of this procedure?
The risks of the procedure include (but are not limited to): bleeding, dark spot in area of the injection and/or along the course of the vein, pain, infection, crusting/inflammation at injection sites, development of new blood vessels, incomplete response and need for multiple treatments.
Can spider veins be prevented?
Spider veins can’t always be prevented. Wearing support hose may minimize unwanted blood vessels from developing. Keeping one’s weight at a normal level and exercising regularly may also be helpful. Eating a high-fiber diet and wearing low-heeled shoes may also help.
Contact our office at 248-362-3500 to schedule an appointment or to inquire about our fees for this cosmetic procedure.