Spider veins – those thin, purple or blue veins that appear on the surface of your skin and seem to have spidery legs – show up on all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons. Some people get them when they gain or lose a significant amount of weight. Others get them from standing for long periods of time on a hard surface, from wearing restrictive clothing, or from sitting all day, every day in a chair that cuts off blood flow.
Whatever the reason, if you have spider veins you are probably looking for the best method to get rid of them. As a result, you may have heard of sclerotherapy. With this minimally invasive procedure, a saline solution is injected into the affected vein. The solution irritates the walls of the vein and causes them to become swollen and to stick together. This causes scar tissue to form and hinders blood flow to the vein. Over a few weeks, the vein will then “die” and fade away from the surface of the skin.
Pre-Procedure Issues and Side Effects
This may seem like a good option for some patients, but sclerotherapy does have its limits and a few side effects, as well. For example, if you are on medication you’ll need to talk with your doctor before you have the procedure performed to ensure that your injection(s) won’t cause any adverse reactions with your medication. Many doctors specifically recommend staying away from nSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) in the days leading up to your procedure, as well, and you should consult your doctor if you will need to be on antibiotics at the time of your injection(s).
Sclerotherapy also tends to cause itching that can last for one or two days and can be very irritating. The areas of injection may also become red, raised, and irritated, and you may experience bruising, too. Furthermore, if you’re using sclerotherapy to get rid of larger veins, you may not see results for a few months, and the veins may become hard and lumpy in the time that they take to fade away.
While your veins are fading, you may notice new, small blood vessels appearing around the vein on the surface of your skin. These should actually disappear with the vein and shouldn’t be permanent new veins.
These are all temporary side effects, but sclerotherapy also has one potentially permanent side effect, as well. At the site where the vein was, you may actually see brown spots or lines appear. These usually fade away within a few weeks or months, but in some cases they are actually permanent.
Why Choose Laser Vein Therapy?
With so many potential side effects, including skin that continues to be marred by unsightly lines, you might be wondering whether sclerotherapy is worth it. Fortunately, there is a great alternative that is just as effective without any of those side effects.
With laser vein removal, an experienced medical laser technician will focus a laser on either end of the vein, heating it up and causing scar tissue to form. This scar tissue will cause a bottleneck and significantly reduce the blood flow to the vein. Then, much like with sclerotherapy, the vein will recede away from the surface of your skin and disappear entirely – all without the itching or potentially skin-marring side effects of sclerotherapy. And you can take your normal medications before laser therapy, too.
Do you want to find out more about your vein therapy options? Call Juvia Med Spa today at 817-427-3700.