Which Types of Veins Are Suitable for Sclerotherapy Treatment?

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If you have visible veins on your face, hands, or legs, you may feel self-conscious about going without makeup or even wearing shorts during the summer. At Lynch Vein & Aesthetics in Peoria, AZ, board-certified general surgeon and vein specialist Dr. Matthew Lynch and our caring team understand how frustrating visible veins can be, and we are dedicated to providing comprehensive vein care and aesthetic solutions to help patients get the clearer skin and boosted self-confidence they deserve. Among the most popular vein treatments offered today is sclerotherapy, which can be used to address various vein conditions. Here, we'll take a closer look at which types of veins and vascular lesions may be appropriately and effectively treated with nonsurgical sclerotherapy.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical vein reduction procedure designed to treat unwanted spider veins and other vascular lesions by injecting a sclerosing agent directly into the affected veins. This solution irritates the lining of the veins, causing them to collapse and eventually fade — sometimes becoming almost invisible on the skin's surface. Sclerotherapy is known for its effectiveness, safety, and minimal downtime, making it a popular choice for patients who are frustrated by visible veins.

When is sclerotherapy recommended?

While sclerotherapy may not be suitable for all types of veins, there are many vascular lesions and visible veins or venous irregularities that can be effectively addressed with sclerotherapy. These include:

Spider veins

Spider veins are small, thin veins that appear close to the surface of the skin, often resembling a spider's web or tree branches. These veins are typically red, blue, or purple in color and can occur almost anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the legs and face. Spider veins are ideal for sclerotherapy due to their small size and superficial location.

Facial veins

Sclerotherapy can also be used to treat facial veins, including broken blood vessels or capillaries and small veins that contribute to redness or uneven skin tone. By precisely targeting these unwanted veins, sclerotherapy can help restore a smoother, more even complexion and enhance facial aesthetics.

Vascular blemishes

Secondary vascular blemishes on the hands, face, legs, and elsewhere may also be treated with sclerotherapy, as recommended by Dr. Lynch, based on the size, nature, and other characteristics of the lesion or blemish.

How long does it take sclerotherapy to work for spider veins?

While individual response to sclerotherapy may vary from patient to patient, many people notice a visible improvement in the appearance of their spider veins within a few weeks to months after treatment. Initially, the injected solution causes the targeted veins to collapse and become less noticeable. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the treated veins, leading to further improvement in the appearance of the skin.

Will my spider veins come back after sclerotherapy?

While sclerotherapy can effectively get rid of existing spider veins, there is a possibility of new spider veins developing over time. Spider veins can be influenced by various factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Lifestyle habits
  • Occupational factors

While sclerotherapy targets existing spider veins, it does not prevent the formation of new ones. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wearing compression stockings as recommended, and avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting can help minimize the risk of new spider veins developing. In some cases, periodic maintenance treatments may be recommended to address new spider veins as they arise. By working closely with Dr. Lynch and adopting proactive measures, patients can minimize the likelihood of spider vein recurrence and enjoy the benefits of smoother, clearer skin for years to come.

Say so long to spider veins and hello to clearer skin with sclerotherapy in Peoria, AZ

Don't let broken blood vessels, spider veins, and other visible vascular blemishes keep you from enjoying all that life has to offer any longer. Take the first step toward a more confident, virtually vein-free future by calling Lynch Vein & Aesthetics to schedule your Peoria, AZ sclerotherapy consultation with board-certified general surgeon and vein specialist Dr. Matthew Lynch today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.