This process can used to treat both varicose and spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a solution that irritates the lining of the vein. In response, the veins collapse, seal shut, and are reabsorbed by the body. The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed is variable, depending on the number, size, and type of veins being treated. The treatment session takes 20 to 30 minutes. Normal activities can be resumed after sclerotherapy. Prescription compression stockings need to be worn for a few days after the treatment.
Spider Vein Laser Treatment
A light beam creates heat inside treated veins causing them to seal off and to be reabsorbed by the body. Frequently topical anesthetic is used for patient comfort. Many describe each laser pulse as a warm sting.
Treatments can take 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. Most patients experience considerable improvement after 2 to 3 treatments, with 3 to 6 week intervals, depending upon the severity of skin condition and level of treatment. Prescription compression stockings may need to be worn for a few days after the treatment. Sun exposure should be avoided for at least one week. Sunscreen may be applied immediately after treatment.