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Tired of hiding unsightly bulging and discolored varicose veins under long sleeves or pants? Get the clear, younger looking skin you deserve with sclerotherapy at Stone Oak Dermatology!

How are Varicose Veins Formed?

Varicose veins and spider veins are both caused by blood pooling in the extremities or backflow caused by increased blood pressure and weakened blood vessels.

The symptoms can vary and include:

  • Bulging, blue-tinted or dark veins
  • Itchiness
  • Heaviness in the affected appendage
  • Burning, aching, or throbbing in the legs
  • Muscle cramping and discomfort
  • Swelling in the legs and ankles

Aging, injury, genetics, and certain cardiovascular diseases can all contribute to spider veins and larger varicose veins. While most common on the legs, varicose veins and spider veins may also occur on the arms and hands. When vascular bulging occurs on the neck, it is called jugular vein distention and may be a sign of more serious health conditions.

Most varicose veins aren’t dangerous or life-threatening. They can cause discomfort and self-consciousness, affecting the way you live your everyday life. But you can do something about it.

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment for both varicose and spider veins. It works by shrinking damaged veins and helping blood flow reroute to stronger, healthier blood vessels. Varicose vein sclerotherapy injections directly target the affected areas with FDA-approved saline-sclerosant solutions to improve your skin’s appearance.

Sclerotherapy is a painless procedure, though you may experience some mild discomfort or a minor sting from the needle insertion itself. Some people also experience a minor cramping sensation, but it typically goes away within a few minutes.

You may see improvements in the appearance of your varicose or spider veins in as little as one treatment. In most cases, only two sessions are needed for optimal results. In more substantial cases, results may require up to four sclerotherapy sessions. Each session will take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the severity of your case.

Is Sclerotherapy Safe?

Sclerotherapy is completely safe with minimal health risks. It uses an FDA-approved solution to shrink damaged blood vessels, which are eventually absorbed into the body, clearing your complexion and improving your skin’s texture.

The most common side effects include minor discomfort and/or swelling at the injection site.
Other, rarer potential side effects include:

  • Infections requiring antibiotic treatment
  • Ulceration at the injection site
  • Blood clots
  • Allergic reaction

At Stone Oak Dermatology, we go above and beyond to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care. Dr. Banta performs all injectable procedures herself, including sclerotherapy treatment. Our clinic is well-equipped with the latest in dermatology technology and only uses the highest quality products to ensure every patient gets the best possible results.

How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?

Sclerotherapy permanently removes existing spider veins and varicose veins. Because the process results in your body reabsorbing the damaged blood vessels, these vessels cannot reform.

However, if there is an underlying health condition that causes the varicose veins to form, it is possible for new veins to become damaged and appear in the same area. In these cases, treatment of the core health issue may be paramount to preventing future issues.

If you do experience recurrent spider and varicose veins, sclerotherapy is still an effective treatment option, so long as it’s been at least six weeks since your last session.

What Should I Avoid After Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy for spider veins and varicose veins is a quick, non-invasive treatment process requiring little to no downtime. However, it is important to follow your dermatologist’s post-care instructions to prevent infections and other complications.

48 hours after treatment, you should avoid:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Submerging or applying heat to the treated area
  • Direct exposure to the sun or other UV light sources

You may be advised to wear compression ware for five to seven days following sclerotherapy to help compress the treated blood vessels. Likewise, walking around post-injection helps to improve circulation and prevent blood clots from forming. However, it is advised to avoid strenuous exercise and activity for at least 24 hours to prevent further damage to the blood vessels.

Following your treatment, your dermatologist will go over your exact aftercare instructions including what you should do and what to avoid doing. We are also available to answer any questions you may have during your recovery by phone or email.

If you’re tired of hiding your arms or legs because of spider veins and varicose veins, Stone Oak Dermatology can help. Schedule your consultation today.

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Steven Blakeley is a NCCPA Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in general and surgical dermatology who has recently joined our team! He graduated from the University of Texas San Antonio with a Bachelor's in Biology and earned his Master's from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. A member of SDPA and a Diplomate Fellowship program participant, he conducts skin examinations, treats various dermatologic conditions in patients of all ages, and performs outpatient surgical procedures for skin cancers and cysts.

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