Spider veins may be caused by hormonal changes, obesity, genetics, blood clots, a medical condition, and prescription drugs. They are usually blue, purple, or red and may become easily visible through the skin as they grow in branching patterns on the face and legs. Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston offers sclerotherapy to reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the face and body. A minimally invasive treatment with no required recovery period, sclerotherapy can help you get an even skin tone that gives you the confidence to show off your legs. Schedule a consultation at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas to learn more about nonsurgical sclerotherapy as well as other cosmetic services.
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Sclerotherapy is best for patients who have small to medium blood vessels that are visible through the skin of their face and body. Typically, these spider veins are most prominent on the thighs and lower legs, so patients afflicted with spider veins often avoid wearing shorts and swimsuits. Sclerotherapy patients should be in good general health before their treatment to avoid complications. Patients should not be pregnant or have a history of blood clots.
Sclerotherapy can be performed in one of our treatment rooms quickly and without any anesthesia. The spider veins being treated will be identified, and the skin will be sanitized with alcohol. A fine gauge needle will be inserted into the vein and the sclerosing solution will be applied. The needle will be removed and a bandage will be applied to the injection site to stop any minor bleeding. This process will be repeated until all spider veins have been treated.
What to Expect
After sclerotherapy, you will be able to resume all normal activities. You may notice some bruising, inflammation, or redness in the treated areas, but this should subside naturally. Compression garments will be recommended by Dr. Kingston to help blood circulation after your treatment for faster, better results. It may take some time for the sclerosing solution to work, but eventually the treated veins should shrink, turn white, and then fade or disappear. You may need two or more treatments to achieve optimal results, but most patients are pleased with their improvements after one treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does sclerotherapy cost?
The cost of sclerotherapy will depend on the number and size of the veins being treated, in addition to other factors. During your initial consultation with Dr. Kingston, she will perform a full exam and take her time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you have in order to create a sclerotherapy treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs. From there, she can estimate your costs and go over all your payment options.
What's the difference between sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments?
Sclerotherapy injects a unique solution directly into the target vein to make it shrink and disappear. Laser vein treatments are noninvasive light-based therapies that are applied to the surface of the skin to target the vein so it collapses and is reabsorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy is usually ideal for medium to larger blood spider veins and varicose veins (greater than three millimeters) while laser vein treatments are best for smaller vessels, typically ones in the face.
What's the difference between sclerotherapy and Asclera?
Asclera is a popular brand of sclerosing solution approved by the FDA to treat spider and varicose veins. It is made with polidocanol instead of sodium tetradecyl sulfate, which is in traditional sclerosing solutions. During your first appointment, Dr. Kingston can discuss the differences and benefits of Asclera and other brands of sclerosing solutions to determine which one is best for you.
Can I get sclerotherapy on my hands and face?
Sclerotherapy can address spider veins, vascular blemishes, broken blood vessels, and varicose veins on your face and hands. When you meet with Dr. Kingston, she will assess your areas of concern and decide whether sclerotherapy can be used to safely treat the vein(s). If she believes that sclerotherapy is not a great option for you, then she will discuss your alternatives, like laser vein treatments.
How long should I wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy?
Dr. Kingston or a member of our medical dermatology team will talk to you about how long you should wear compression garments after sclerotherapy. The garment is designed to help with blood circulation and bruising for optimal healing and results. Ideally, you should continue to wear the compression garment after your recovery anytime you are seated for a long period of time, such as a lengthy car ride or flight.
Banish Spider Veins
The branching spider veins on your face and body can be frustrating as they get worse over time to learn more about sclerotherapy at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas to eliminate your problem. Seasoned dermatologist Dr. Kingston can help you create a custom treatment plan with sclerotherapy and talk about other cosmetic services that can help you look and feel your best.