Sclerotherapy

Would you like to get rid of Spider Veins?

At Advanced Medicine & Aesthetics, we offer Sclerotherapy for the safe, effective and minimally-invasive treatment of spider veins.

Call 423.854.9200 today and schedule an appointment to see Brooke Bentley FNP, B.C or use our online Request an Appointment form.

If you sometimes avoid showing your legs because you have spider veins those small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves and ankles you are not alone. It’s estimated that at least half of all women are bothered by this common cosmetic problem.

Sclerotherapy is a spider vein removal procedure developed in the 1920s that treats the small purple and red veins. These blood vessels occur for both men and women. They can be hereditary and often plague those who stand in their jobs for long periods of time.

For many years, Brooke Bentley FNP, B.C. has been committed to the treatment of spider veins by the use of “Sclerotherapy “. She has helped hundreds of patients thus getting plenty of experience on how to properly treat them.

IS SCLEROTHERAPY SAFE?

Sclerotherapy is an extremely safe and well-established technique, and is considered the gold standard in treating spider veins. Studies have proven that Sclerotherapy is more effective than newer laser based techniques. Its main disadvantages are the discomfort associated with the multiple small injections that are required.

PREPARING FOR SCLEROTHERAPY

It is best to bring a pair of shorts to wear during the treatment. It is required to bring with you thigh high fitted compression stockings. Bring a list of any medications you are currently taking and be able to describe any medical conditions you might have.

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GETTING SCLEROTHERAPY

During the procedure, a solution is injected into the veins using a very small needle. The solution, called a sclerosant, is irritating to the lining of the vein. This causes the inside of the vein to swell shut.

Because the vein is no longer getting blood supply, it scleroses or closes down. Immediately following the session, which generally is of 30 minutes duration, you will be placed in the compression stockings.

SCLEROTHERAPY RESULTS AND RECOVERY

You will need to wear the compression stockings for about a week after your procedure. Wearing the stockings greatly enhances the outcome of Sclerotherapy. Generally, when you are finished wearing the compression stockings and take them off, bruising will be gone or nearly gone. The veins will continue toward closing off for 4-6 weeks after treatment.

Some veins are permanently gone at that time, while others may have some trapped blood in them. You will absorb this over time. In most cases, the clearing process looks no worse than the appearance of the veins before treatment. Often, after 3-4 weeks, there is a marked clearance.

The number of sessions you will need depends on how many veins you have. It is not uncommon for some veins that have been treated once to need a second injection. Conversely, many veins will resolve after one treatment. To retreat a vein, the ideal time to do so is 4-6 weeks after the first injection session.

For patients with a large number of veins, several appointments may be needed to get to each vein a first time.

Before & After of Sclerotherapy Treatment

Sclerotherapy-Legs

Normal Veins vs. Spider Veins

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Sclerotherapy – Performed at Advanced Medicine & Aesthetics

Sclerotherapy Procedure Recovery Tips

  • We recommend applying compression stockings in the morning
  • You may have to wear support stockings for up to three weeks
  • Don’t stand up for too long or stay sitting in a position for more than an hour.
  • Avoid jumping, squatting, running or lifting.
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight from 3 weeks before the first treatment to 3 weeks after the last treatment session. You are not allowed to use tanning machines or sunless tanning.
  • Avoid applying drugs that your doctor has not recommended.
  • You must follow all instructions from the provider and nursing staff.
  • Before each session please inform the staff of the following:
    • Any medication or natural products you may be taking.
    • If you have any skin irritations or infections.
    • If you suspect or know for certain you are pregnant.
  • Rest and avoid physical activity for the next 3 days after each session.
What exactly is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot.

Is surface laser treatment the most effective spider veins treatment?

Studies have shown that the use of surface lasers to treat spider veins doesn’t yield as many positive results as sclerotherapy does.