What is the difference between Spider Veins and Reticular veins?
Spider Veins are very small veins caused by a dilation of the small venules under the skin. This occurs when the pressure inside the vein increases enough to overcome normal resistance of the vein wall. The ability of veins to resist increased pressure is reduced in women when the body’s estrogen level is reduced.
Reticular Veins are small, bluish-colored veins that carry blood to the skin venules and are larger than spider veins. These veins have thin walls and dilate with excessive venous pressure. When this occurs, they become large enough to be unsightly, but are not considered to be varicose veins.
What results will I see after doing Sclerotherapy?
Gradual improvement will be noticed. Most patients will achieve an 85% reduction in the overall collection and/or size of their spider veins within three treatment sessions. During the consultation, you will be advised as to the number of treatments necessary to achieve desired results.
What are the side effects?. Following treatment, the affected veins may darken and the area may appear bruised. Support hose or a snug wrapping to the treated area will be recommended for two weeks. This application of pressure will help reduce side effects and aid in more effective healing and treatment. After the treatment of larger vessels, the affected area may appear pigmented but this is temporary and will fade over time. In most cases, you will be able to resume regular activities immediately. However, excessive standing or vigorous activities are not advised for 24 to 48 hours
How many treatments will it take?
Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimum result. In some cases as few as 2 or 3 treatments will fulfill the desired outcome.
What is treatment like?
The vessels in question will be examined and reviewed with you by the physician or medical technician. A treatment strategy will then be decided upon to eradicate these veins. You may be asked to stand while the problem veins are marked and photographed. The sclerosing agent will then be injected into the targeted veins. Discomfort is minimal and no anesthesia is required. You may be asked to wear support hose or a supportive wrap for a short period of time following treatment. This precautionary post-treatment measure will apply compression to the treated vessels to prevent recurrence.