Sclerotherapy in Portland
Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are thin, delicate reddish, blue or purple blood vessels that sit close to the skin’s surface and generally appear in clusters on the legs. Sclerotherapy is the gold standard to treat spider veins on the legs. A chemical solution,or sclerosing agent, is injected with a very fine needle in the veins being treated. The solution creates an irritation which causes the vein to close. Over time, the vein is absorbed by the body and disappears.
Sclerotherapy may require multiple injections. The number of sessions needed will depend on the depth, number, and size of the veins being treated. While some patients have excellent results after just one treatment, others may need further injections for optimal results. These follow up treatments should be spaced at least four weeks apart so that the affects of the previous treatment can be accurately evaluated before injecting more.
Spider veins are generally a cosmetic problem and pose no real health problem. However, sometimes spider veins develop as a result of larger feeder, or varicose veins. Varicose veins are caused by medical problem known as venous insufficiency. If you have a large, visible varicose vein or we suspect you may have an underlying cause for your spider veins, we may refer you to a vascular specialist for further evaluation and treatment.
It is common to experience some mild tenderness and bruising following treatment. Compression hose is prescribed and should be worn immediately following treatment for the best result. The length of time varies depending on the veins being injected.
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