Spider and varicose veins are an embarrassing and often painful condition that affects millions of men and women as a result of heredity, pregnancy, and hormones. These affected veins appear on the leg as a raised, tangled and unattractive web under the surface of the skin. Women are most often affected by this condition and as a result may be embarrassed to wear shorts or show their legs.
While spider and varicose veins have been successfully treated for years through conventional methods such as stripping and ligation, these procedures often cause pain and other unwanted symptoms during and after treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic procedure that can effectively reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins through a series of injections of a solution into the veins. The sclerotherapy solution reduces and removes the varicose or spider veins while re-routing the blood to other, healthier veins. Overtime, the appearance of the treated veins will typically diminish and fade back to a normal, even skin tone. Depending on your cosmetic goals and needs, several treatments may be required to achieve optimal results. Schedule a consultation with one of the skin care professionals at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco to learn more about sclerotherapy and your treatment options.
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What to Expect
Before beginning a series of sclerotherapy treatments at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology one of our medical professionals may treat a “test spot” of spider veins. The injections feel like a pricking sensation. Since this is a minimally-invasive treatment, patients require little to no downtime following the procedure, with most patients able to return to normal activities within twenty-four hours of receiving their sclerotherapy treatment.
To aid in healing and comfort following their sclerotherapy treatment, patients will be advised to wear compression stockings for the first one to two weeks following their treatment. Most patients will see visible results about two to three weeks after the procedure. However, maximum results usually take up to six weeks to fully develop. Sclerotherapy can improve the appearance of the legs by seventy percent, depending on the level and extensiveness of the patient's individual condition. Follow up treatments or other methods, such as vascular laser, can be combined with sclerotherapy can boost results even further.
Plan Your Procedure
Restore Your Appearance
Sclerotherapy is an effective vein removal procedure, recommended by our board-certified dermatologists at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology. This procedure uses precision to target varicose and spider veins so most patients can see an improved appearance after just one session. If you are tired of hiding or covering up unsightly veins, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our San Francisco office to determine the optimal treatment method that will address your needs and help achieve your desired results.