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Sclerotherapy

Spider Vein Treatments - Sclerotherapy - Sarasota, FL

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Overview

Millions of women are bothered by spider veins – those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued by this common cosmetic problem. Our Sarasota cosmetic surgery practice has a trained and skilled physician assistant who treats spider veins with sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The introduction of sclerosing agents that are mild enough to be used in small veins has made sclerotherapy predictable and relatively painless. Women of any age may be good candidates for sclerotherapy vein treatment.

Surgical Technique

During a sclerotherapy treatment session, a sclerosing chemical solution is injected carefully into the affected vein using a fine needle. Depending on the severity of the condition, the treatment varies with the quantity of doses needed per vein. The practitioner will apply pressure on the injection prick, which helps to spread the medication and stop any minimal bleeding. There may be cramping sensations during the treatment, which is normal.

During/After Surgery

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic treatment that is performed as an outpatient procedure in a surgical center. After treatment, the veins swell, shut down, and ultimately die. The gradual fading of size and color will begin to take notice around 2-3 weeks. Optimal results are evident after 6 weeks.

Sclerotherapy FAQs

How Effective?

It is difficult to target 100% of the vein as some can be a challenge to inject. On average, 70% improvement is seen in the majority of treated patients. For severe cases, several treatments are necessary to see any significant improvement in appearance. Patients report satisfying results, especially those who are bothered with the pain and cramps of severe varicose veins. 

Other Options?

Sclerotherapy is a popular method in removing cases of spider and varicose veins, but there are other alternatives that today’s technology offers. Laser treatment, surgical stripping and radiofrequency treatment are a few other options for someone seeking the removal of problematic veins. Our practitioner will evaluate the condition and recommend the best approach for the patient’s circumstance.

Possible Side Effects?

Common side effects are only temporary such as skin irritation, itching, and bruising right after treatment. This is only evident around the injection sites and fades after a few days. The treatment is noninvasive. There are rare complications, such as blood clots or allergic reactions, which must be reported immediately for possible treatment.

In Between Treatments?

For cases needing several treatments, it is a must to give several weeks in between sessions to allow the treated veins time to fade. This allows the treated veins to break down and completely be absorbed by the body so that the injector can then focus on the live veins that remain.

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Recovery Time  
None
Average Procedure Time  
20-40 Minutes
Post-op Follow-up  
None
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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The board-certified plastic surgeons of Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Braun Graham*, Dr. David Mobley*, Dr. Scott Engel*, and Dr. Brian Derby, offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results may vary. Individual results are not guaranteed.