There are several questions that patients invariably ask during initial consultations for spider veins.
The most common question and understandably the most troubling for people is whether Sclerotherapy “will permanently remove my varicose and spider veins”.
The gold standard treatment remains injection sclerotherapy which is highly as has been a proven effective therapy since the mid-1900s.
This procedure is usually undertaken for cosmetic purposes, but can in some cases improve related lower leg issues such as aching, itching and burning sensations.
Prior to any treatment we routinely conduct an initial consultation to assess suitability and safety for the treatment and perform a duplex ultrasound. The ultrasound is performed to exclude/demonstrate underlying feeder veins and sometimes varicose veins which may not be visually evident. This is important as the presence of these underlying veins can alter outcomes and the best form of therapy.
The procedure involves injecting the problem veins with a medical solution through a very small/fine needle. Depending on the number and extent of the veins, the number of injections will vary, but usually 15 minutes is enough time to treat all the veins of concern.
Ultimately, the scarred vein will collapse due to insufficient blood flow, and will eventually be reabsorbed into surrounding tissue and fade away.
“Don’t I need these veins?”
The answer is no. These veins are of cosmetic importance only.
“How many treatments will I need?”
The answer is variable. Some people get a great result with one treatment and others may take several treatment sessions. It is not possible to predict with certainty how many treatment sessions any individual will require.
“Will they come back?”
The answer to this question is that the treated veins do not return. What happens is that over time most people will create some new spider veins. We are unsure of the reason and one cannot prevent this from happening.
Depending on the individual, the effects of therapy can be seen shortly after treatment but it can take up to 12 weeks to see the full effect..
Your medical specialist at Specialist Vein Care, will provide you all the information required if you’re deemed a successful candidate for the procedure.