Leg Spider & Reticular Vein Treatment

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy a treatment that involves the injection of a sclerosing agent indicated to treat uncomplicated spider veins and or reticular veins. Spider veins are a very small reddish, blue twisted blood vessel which may be scattered, isolated to one area, or appear in clusters.  Reticular veins are larger than spider veins and appear as a bluish-green vein.

Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?

Sclerotherapy involves the use of a very small needle to inject the sclerosant agent into the diseased veins. The solutions work by causing the veins to shrink, close off, and gradually disappear.

The needles used at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists are very small and feel like a mosquito bite. Most people find this relatively painless.

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Will These Spider Veins Come Back?

The veins treated with sclerotherapy are destroyed and will be reabsorbed by the body so they can’t come back. Most patients require 3-5 sessions. This is only a guideline and your individual case may be different. However, nothing can be done to prevent your body from forming new spider veins. New spider veins however can be treated just as effectively as the previous ones with sclerotherapy. We cannot cure venous disease but we can control and maintain.

How Long Will My Treatment Take?

Sclerotherapy treatment sessions usually take 30 minutes. Every patient is different, and the number of sessions needed varies depending on the amount of spider veins to be treated. Most patients require 3-5 sessions, however, this is only a guideline and your individual case may be different. Your legs may begin to show improvement in as little as a few weeks, but the best results are usually seen after several treatment sessions. After healing has occurred, spider “roadmaps” veins will be gone, leaving you with healthy, great-looking legs.

Are There Any Restrictions On My Activity?

Strenuous exercise should be avoided for the first 48-72 hours.  Physical activity after sclerotherapy is encouraged. We also discourage direct sun exposure to treated areas for a couple weeks after each treatment (sunscreens are adequate protection during this time).

Do I Have to Wear Compression Stockings?

Wearing compression stockings is imperative to achieving optimal results after sclerotherapy.  Stockings help keep the walls of the of the treated veins compressed so that the body can absorb them.  If you do not wear them, the veins may fill back up with blood after the procedure and make it much less effective.

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We proudly serve patients from Traverse City, Cadillac, Manistee, Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Sault Ste. Marie MI and surrounding areas with advanced Sclerotherapy treatments. Call today for your consultation at (231) 946-1488 or complete a Contact Form here!

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