Spider Veins/Telangiectasias – Treatment With Sclerotherapy
What & How
Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are characterised as tiny, intricate bursts of deep red or purple spider webs that most commonly appear on the nose, cheeks, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and feet. Although considered medically harmless, many people will suffer from these abnormal leg veins by the time they reach the age of 50. Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical, injection procedure used to remove the appearance of superficial spider veins close to the surface of the skin. Sclerotherapy has been in use since the 1930s, and today’s patients can expect dramatic visual improvements.
The sclerotherapy process involves the injection of a solution directly into the unwanted vein through a very fine needle. The solution begins to irritate the lining of the vessel walls, which causes the vessel to collapse and over a period of weeks the vein will fade from view. Normal blood flow will then be naturally re-routed to other nearby healthy veins.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Sclerotherapy sessions depend on the number of spider veins you have, and you may need several sessions for successful treatment. Sclerotherapy will treat the veins that are in view however they will not stop other spider veins from appearing and therefore maintenance treatments may be required, perhaps once or twice a year.
What Does Sclerotherapy Feel Like?
Most clients report mild discomfort with a slight stinging sensation at the site of each injection. Numbing cream is not used as it can blanch the skin and hide the spider veins from being seen.
Do I Need To Do Anything After The Treatment?
We suggest avoiding physical fitness on the day of treatment with all normal activities able to be resumed the following day. Minor bruising, redness and slight inflammation is a common effect immediately after the treatment. Compression bandages or stockings are occasionally suggested to be worn after treatment and we will inform you should you need these.
How Much Is It?
One session of sclerotherapy is $300, although a minimum of two sessions is typically required for best results. We offer free consultations for sclerotherapy, where you will be notified how many sessions you will require for the best outcome.