Because spider veins are so small yet so numerous, they can combine to give your legs an unfortunate looking web of color, set against your natural skin tone. Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins today because it has been found to be very effective at resolving these tiny but pesky veins. However, some top vascular surgeons are now approaching sclerotherapy in an entirely new way: The combination approach. While sclerotherapy works very well on its own, it can work even better when it is combined with a surface laser.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that has a big impact. A sclerosing solution is injected directly into the spider veins by the vascular surgeon. This solution is specially created to cause irritation within the spider veins. In reaction to that irritant, the injured blood vessel lining will seal together. Eventually, that blood vessel will be absorbed by the body.
The surgeon can use laser treatments in combination with sclerotherapy for the best possible results. The goal of this “double injury” technique is to achieve the most optimal cosmetic results as quickly as possible. The laser shrinks the vein while the sclerosing solution works on sealing the vein. This makes for the most powerful treatment solution for spider veins out there today.
The spider vein treatment session will usually be completed within only 20 minutes. Treatment often takes between two and five sessions for the optimal results. One thing that the surgeon always warns patients about: It may look worse before it looks better. However, a little bit of patience can reveal the newly smooth and beautiful skin where the ugly spider veins once were!