What is Sclerotherapy?
Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, are caused by a variety of different reasons, including obesity, genetics, hormonal changes, blood clots, certain medications, or medical conditions. These veins look red, blue, or purple, and you can easily see them underneath the skin as they branch out on the face and body. Our doctors perform sclerotherapy to decrease or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the body or face. As a minimally invasive procedure with no downtime for recovery, sclerotherapy can help you attain an even skin tone. If you feel embarrassed about your spider veins, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment at Nirvana Med Spa in Little Rock, AR. We will provide additional information about sclerotherapy or other cosmetic treatments that reduce the appearance of spider veins.
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Sclerotherapy Ideal Candidates
Sclerotherapy works well for patients who have small or medium blood vessels that appear visible on the face or body. Generally, spider veins often appear on the lower legs and thighs so patients may avoid wearing swimsuits, shorts, or other types of clothing that don't cover them. To receive sclerotherapy, patients should have good overall health because this will help avoid complications or reactions. Additionally, patients shouldn't be pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a history of blood clots.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
We can quickly perform sclerotherapy in one of our private treatment rooms. During the procedure, patients generally do not need anesthesia because it only causes slight discomfort. At the beginning of your treatment, we will identify the blood vessels that need treatment and sanitize your skin with alcohol. Next, a fine needle is inserted into your vessels so we can administer the sclerosing solution. After placing the solution, the needle is removed and gauze is applied to the injection site to stop any bleeding. We can repeat the procedure until we have treated all your spider veins.
What to Expect with Sclerotherapy
After your sclerotherapy treatment, you may resume your daily activities. You could experience mild bruising, inflammation, or redness near the treatment areas, but these symptoms should subside on their own. As part of your aftercare instructions, our physicians may recommend compression garments to help your blood circulation. Wearing compression garments promotes healing and enhances your results. It may take some time for the sclerosing solution to work, but eventually, the treated blood vessels should get smaller, change to a white color, and fade or disappear. You may need two or more treatments to attain your desired results. However, most patients feel happy with their improvements after the first treatment.
Banish Spider Veins
Don't let branching spider veins continue to get worse or make you feel embarrassed. To help fade your spider veins, learn more about sclerotherapy treatments at Nirvana Med Spa in Little Rock, AR. One of our physicians can create a unique sclerotherapy treatment plan and discuss other cosmetic services that will help you look and feel your best.