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.
"I went to Bay Area Dermatology because a few of the girls in my office recommend it. I had developed a really bad case of melasma on my cheeks and upper lip. When I made an appointment they had asked me if I had a preference as to who I wanted to see. I told the receptionist that I had Asian skin so if I could get someone that is familiar with treating common Asian skin issues that would be fantastic. I was scheduled an appointment with Dr. Hui.At my first meet with Dr. Hui she confirmed that I did indeed have melasma and that my next step was to start getting chemical peels 4-6 weeks apart. Wow. Holy smokes! So far I've received 3 chemical peels and the melasma is almost gone. It's at the point where I am able to cover it up with just foundation. Yippee! At my most recent appointment I received my first laser treatment with Mary. I had a 1pm appointment and was seen quickly to start the numbing process. I am one of those people that benifit from the extra time with the numbing cream so I appreciate that the ladies got me started immediately. I was so numb that I barely felt a thing. Definitely one of the easiest laser procedures I have ever done."- J.C. / Yelp / Dec 02, 2017
"I was approaching 40, and wanted to have more fresh rejuvenated look without looking unnatural. Dr. Hui has an artistic vision and a light touch. She exactly knew what procedures have to be done and now I am happy with my refreshed look. No bruising and no downtime. Gettin so many complements every day! Pictures say better than words"- V.K. / Yelp / Nov 10, 2018
"I started seeing Dr. Hui (now Austin) in June 2018. So far, I'm very satisfied with the result. I suffered from acne as a teenager which lead to many scars on my face. I have tried so many different treatments including dermabrasion, CO2 laser, chemical peels, photo facial, micro-needling, etc. in the past 20 years to improve the large pores and scars. However, some of the treatments made my skin even worse than before and also left more scars on my face. My skin became extremely sensitive and was prone to scarring after break out. The micro-needling helps to improve some shallower scars but not the deep ice pick scars. I was so discouraged but I don't want to live with scars for the rest of my life. I'm so lucky that found Dr. Hui. She outlined a treatment plan for me. She recommended some skin care products, Laser Genesis and TCA Cross. At first, I was skeptical but I wanted to give it a last try. At the consultation appointment, Dr. Hui performed the TCA Cross on 5 test spots. She did not charge me extra for the test spots other than the consultation fee. So far, I had 2 treatments of Laser Genesis and TCA Cross. I've been following her face regimen and using all the products she recommended. I still need to do a few more sessions but I can see a great improvement in my skin. Most of the scars that have been crossed are much shallower and smaller than before. There are a few ice pick scars have completely filled in. I couldn't believe it because those scars were on my face for 20+ years. TCA cross has shown me the most improvement on my scars of anything I have done before. The patches on my skin are gone and my skin is much firmer. I will confine this treatment until all my scars are filled in. Please keep in mind that the scars may look worse when the scars first fall off but they will continue to fill in and heal over time. The process can take from 2-6 months after the treatment. Please be patience. Dr. Hui and NP Mary are amazing. I highly recommend Dr. Hui for those who are suffering from acne scars."- L.C. / Yelp / Nov 08, 2018
"Dr. Welsh is the best... - Dr. Welsh is the best injector! She always takes care to enhance my features in a natural way. I never have to worry that I will look “done” after my treatment. She offers the latest and greatest injectables and her technique is flawless. There is no one else I trust more when it comes to my face!This review was created as part of a nomination to the RealSelf I Love My Injector Campaign."- R. / RealSelf / Nov 07, 2018
"Dr. Austin saved my skin (and my life!) I started seeing Dr. Austin in May, when I was really frustrated and at a breaking point after dealing with severe cystic acne for quite some time. It got so bad that even leaving my house was a struggle. After a quick consultation, Dr. Austin got down to business. She wrote out a clear, easy-to-follow, thorough skincare routine that required topical products & an oral prescription. I left feeling very hopeful for the first time in forever. By July, my skin had cleared up to the point where I felt comfortable leaving my house again with minimal makeup. Once we stopped the breakouts, I did two rounds of V-Beam Laser to address my scarring. Most recently, I went in for my first round of Laser Genesis. It is now October, and I can finally say that I am 100% makeup free! Hardly any remaining scars, no active cysts. Clear, glowing skin thanks to Dr. Austin and her team, who gave me my confidence back. I now have coworkers coming up to me, complimenting my skin and asking what I do for it. I have recommended Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology (Dr. Austin specifically) to three people. I would recommend her to a stranger; she is the best of the best, and I cannot thank her enough. I am so thankful I found her!!!"- A.T. / Yelp / Oct 19, 2018
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.
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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.