Comprehensive & Caring Spider Vein Treatment in Mequon
Sclerotherapy is a safe and very effective treatment for spider veins and small varicosities. At Lakeshore Veins, two agents (sotradecol and polidocanol), are used for sclerotherapy. Both agents are FDA approved for sclerotherapy. Also, for your safety, all medications at Lakeshore Veins are obtained in single use vials. Injections are performed in the spider or varicose veins in multiple locations with a small-gauge needle. Usually the injections do not hurt, but feel more like a bug bite. No anesthesia is needed. Sclerotherapy is well tolerated by even the most needle phobic patients.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
The Sclerotherapy agents are detergents that destroy the fatty lining of the small blood vessels. First, the vein collapses and the walls stick together. Then, the vessel becomes scar tissue. Finally, over time your body absorbs the vessel. Most patients will require 2-3 sessions of sclerotherapy depending on the extent of their disease. At Lakeshore Veins, treatment is only limited by the dosing limit on the medication. Many people notice improvement in their spider veins and varicose veins immediately, but full results may be seen for 6 months after the procedure. It is hard to know how fast patients will see improvement. Every person heals at different rates.
Are There Any Problems Associated with Sclerotherapy?
Occasionally, blood and debris becomes trapped in the vessel, leading to a bluish/blackish distended vein. Usually, if debris becomes trapped, it is noticeable 1-4 weeks after procedure. This trapped debris is easily treated in the office by making a small pinhole in the skin and releasing the debris. In addition, sometimes the sclerotherapy agents can cause brown skin blotches. Thus, replacing the blue or purple vessel with a brown stain. This brown pigment usually lightens over time, but can also be treated with skin bleaching medications or skin laser treatment.
What to Expect After Spider Vein Treatment
Usually, no down time is associated with sclerotherapy. Compression stockings are worn for 3-5 days after sclerotherapy to help keep the vessel closed after treatment. In addition, heavy lifting and exercise which increases the heart rate over 120 beats per minute is limited for the same period of time. Think of a body builder or a marathon runner after exercise. Their vessels are pumped up! Sclerotherapy is aimed at closing vessels, so distending them with exercise is not helpful.
Lakeshore Veins, located in Mequon, Wisconsin, specializes in spider vein treatment and serve clients all over the Milwaukee area.