Thin, purple, red, or enlarged veins on your legs or face can make anyone feel self-conscious. This is especially true when you live in southern California where the weather is warm and legs are exposed regularly!
Luckily, there is a cosmetic treatment that can treat these pesky imperfections and help boost your beauty. Learn more about how sclerotherapy treatment can help reduce your spider veins and eventually get rid of them forever.
What are ‘spider veins’?
Spider veins are clusters of tiny blood vessels just below the skin surface. They are often red, blue, or purple and — you guessed it — look like a spiderweb.
These types of vein imperfections are most often found on the face and legs. Any small vein, known as a capillary, may break just below the skin surface in the legs and become a spider vein. And the more often you stand, walk, and run, the more pressure you apply to your legs, increasing the likelihood that spider veins will appear.
Cosmetic treatment to get rid of spider veins
Home treatments such as wearing compression stockings, and avoiding long periods of standing or sitting with your legs crossed are unlikely to make spider veins go away. Luckily, there is a medical procedure called ‘sclerotherapy’ that can help you get rid of ugly veins forever!
Sclerotherapy collapses spider veins
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution that collapses spider veins. During the 30 minute treatment, our nurse practitioner or physician assistant carefully injects an FDA-safe solution named Asclera that effectively irritates the inner lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse. After 2-4 treatments, the veins will fade away and will never appear again!
While it is difficult to target 100% of a person’s spider veins, studies have shown that as many as 50-80% of injected veins may be eliminated during one session of sclerotherapy.
Here is a close-up video of Anisa, DNP at our medical spa in Orange County performing sclerotherapy on a patient.
Sclerotherapy is a quick treatment with little downtime
Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia and can be done in a medical spa or clinic setting. This spider vein-zapping procedure takes 15-45 minutes and may require multiple sessions if the veins are particularly severe. Some patients do experience mild discomfort for the first minute, but that quickly resolves with time.
Because sclerotherapy is treating a cosmetic issue caused by excessive pressure and blood flow under the skin, we do recommend avoiding aerobic activity for a few days after the procedure and wearing compression stockings for 1-2 weeks immediately after treatment. Wearing stockings will ensure that treated veins stay collapsed.
Long term care after sclerotherapy
After a sclerotherapy session, expect spider veins to disappear over the next four to eight weeks. Again, if the injected veins respond to the treatment, the dreaded purple and red spider-webbed veins will not reappear!
Real before and after photos of our patient here at Beauty Boost Med Spa
As with all cosmetic treatments, there are home remedies and lifestyle changes that must be followed in order to see prolonged results. If you are prone to spider veins, try not to stand or sit in one position for a long time, elevate your legs when you’re seated or laying down, or wear compression stockings.
Should you receive sclerotherapy?
There are certain steps that must be taken prior to eliminating your spider veins, including checking in with your doctor to ensure you’re a candidate. While most spider veins are cosmetic, meaning not harmful to your health, it is best to have a professional take a look prior to sclerotherapy.
Our staff here at Beauty Boost is always here to answer any sclerotherapy questions and guide you through the treatment. Please schedule your free consultation at our Newport Beach facility to see if you are the right candidate for sclerotherapy.