Spider veins, most commonly found on the face and legs, are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin.
Dr. Papadopoulos and Dr. Kim perform sclerotherapy at all three of the MetroDerm offices as the primary treatment for the elimination of spider veins. Although laser treatment is sometimes effective for tiny vessels, such as those on the face, sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard for treating leg veins.
During the sclerotherapy procedure, sclerosing solution (hypertonic saline) is injected directly into the veins causing them to shrink. The procedure does have some pain associated with it, but it will subside by the time you leave our office. We typically recommend two sclerotherapy sessions, with the second scheduled one to two months after the first. Patients must wear prescription support stockings continuously for a total of three days after each procedure.
In addition to improving the visible appearance of leg veins, sclerotherapy treatment may also help with the aching, cramping and swelling experienced by some patients.
A consultation is necessary before scheduling a sclerotherapy procedure. Please note that sclerotherapy is considered a cosmetic procedure and is, therefore, not covered by insurance.
Sclerotherapy can also be used to treat varicose veins when appropriate. Your doctor will discuss with you the most appropriate manner in which to treat your varicose veins.
To learn more about sclerotherapy as a treatment for spider and varicose veins, please review this information from the American Academy of Dermatology.