Spider veins can create a meshwork of blue, purple, red, and brown lines that spoil the look of your legs. While spider veins aren’t generally a health hazard, they can keep you from enjoying Miami’s balmy climate in cool shorts, airy dresses and skirts, or fashionable swimwear.
Sclerotherapy is a time-tested method to eliminate spider veins.
For treatment of spider veins, most vein experts recommend liquid sclerotherapy because of its precision and minimal side effects. During the procedure, a medication called Asclera (polidocanol) is injected into the spider vein with a small needle. The medication causes the vein to contract and eventually disappear.
As with all medications, some patients could experience a reaction to the solution. However, this is extremely uncommon and treatment is well-tolerated. For optimal results, patients are advised to wear compression stockings for three to seven days after the procedure.
Our physicians use a laser as an adjunct to injection sclerotherapy. Laser sclerotherapy is great tool for spider veins treatment. The system uses a unique high-powered laser that is absorbed by blood inside of spider veins, without affecting the skin. The laser allows precise and effective treatment for spider veins, and the system has an innovative cooling technology that helps ensure patient comfort during the short procedure.
While some patients may experience redness, swelling, or mild discoloration, side effects are generally minimal. There are no long-term side effects and no downtime. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. Compression stockings are not usually necessary after laser sclerotherapy.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy is useful for treating feeder veins that are harder to see, and therefore difficult to address with simple injection or laser sclerotherapy. During the procedure, a reticular vein or varicose vein is identified using ultrasound. Asclera (polidocanol) is injected into the vessel, ensuring precise delivery of the medication. The formulation causes the vein to shrink and eventually disappear.
As with liquid sclerotherapy, for optimal results patients are advised to wear compression stockings for three to seven days after the procedure.
Call Miami Skin and Vein at 786-618-5039 to find out which vein therapy option is right for you. Our doctors serve patients throughout the Coral Gables area, including Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach and more.