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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that is being used widely in the field of cosmetic medicine to minimize varicose veins and spider veins for patients in the Denver and Englewood area. It involves a series of injections administered directly onto the affected areas that will eventually cause these unusually prominent veins to fade.

  • Sclerotherapy involves the injection of small amounts of saline into the spider veins that usually appear on the patient’s legs
  • It generally takes between 3 to 6 treatments, with each treatment scheduled six weeks apart, to achieve the desired results
  • Even after treatment, spider veins may reoccur as a result of genetics, or environmental factors like having to sit around all day because of work
  • If you’re pregnant, breast-feeding, have had a history of blood clot formation, or have certain heart conditions, sclerotherapy may not be a procedure suitable for you. A consultation with one of the medical providers at the Asarch Center will help you determine if it is.
  • Sclerotherapy is not enough to treat larger varicose veins

Spider Veins in the legs are a common problem, most often affecting women. Small purple of red veins can form anywhere on the leg from the top of the thigh to the ankle. While spider veins do not pose a health threat, many people who have them find them unsightly and often attempt to conceal them with clothing or cosmetics. In the summer months, this can mean avoiding shorts and bathing suits out of embarrassment.

The tendency to develop spider veins is often inherited, especially those on the upper thighs. Pregnancy and prolonged standing or sitting, which increase pressure in the veins of the legs, seem to play a role in developing spider veins. Hormones, especially estrogen, also appear to be involved.

Although no one has discovered one clear cut method to prevent the onset of these veins, some authorities believe that the use of support hose, weight control and excercise may be beneficial.

To allow the doctor to be able to visualize the small vessels better, the skin should not be tanned prior to the procedure.

  • Immediately after the treatment, the legs may be wrapped in elastic bandages or compression stockings to facilitate recovery
  • Patient will be advised to avoid prolonged standing or sitting for the first 48 hours for treatment. This includes long drives or air travel.
  • Patient will be instructed to walk for half an hour after the procedure
  • It may take up to six weeks before the small vessels begin to disappear

Sclerotherapy targets small, prominent blood vessels and minimizes their appearance. It generally takes between 3 to 6 treatments to full results from Sclerotherapy.

If you’re pregnant, breast-feeding, have had a history of blood clot formation, or have certain heart conditions, sclerotherapy may not be a procedure suitable for you. A consultation with one of the medical providers at the Asarch Center will help you determine if it is.

As with any procedure involving injections, bruising may occur at the injection site, but will be resolved within a couple of weeks

  • Freckle-like pigmentation may occur at the injection site for six months after treatment
  • There is a rare chance that an ulceration will form at the injection site
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