The goal of everyone at Anti Aging & Functional Medicine in Raleigh, North Carolina is to help our patients feel and look more youthful. Among the services we provide is sclerotherapy for injectable treatment of spider veins.
What is sclerotherapy and why is it done?
Sclerotherapy treats spider veins through injection of glycerin directly into the problem vessels. The injectable glycerin causes the veins to collapse and seal shut. This stops blood from flowing into that vessel, thus making it not visible. Blood reroutes elsewhere, improving your circulation as a result. Although you achieve noticeable results very soon after your procedure, many veins require multiple
treatments. Treated veins fade in a few weeks to a month. Ultimately, you achieve a more attractive appearance in the treatment areas and potentially benefit through improvement of other symptoms, such as aching, swelling, night cramping and burning. Spider veins can be treated of the extremities, face, and body.
Risks of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is not a surgical treatment. It does not require extensive preparation or recovery time. However, you should wait to undergo this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Otherwise, like with any medical treatment, some risks exist. .
Temporary side effects of your treatment for spider veins include bruising, redness, small sores on the skin and darkened skin. You also risk development of multiple tiny red blood vessels as part of healing. Most of these effects go away in only days to weeks.
Most people only need about 30 minutes for treatment. There is minimal to no downtime.
About the Procedure
Your doctor cleanses the treatment area with alcohol and applies a local anesthetic or uses a treatment solution that contains an anesthetic, lidocaine. Dr. Arthur Zacco inserts a fine needle of injectable glycerin into your problem varicose or spider vein while using Zeiss Loupes with powerful magnification.
The quantity of these injections depends on the number and size of veins treated. Most people average 2-4 syringes per treatment. When you arrive, Dr. Arthur Zacco can give you an estimate which will range from 2-12 syringes per treatment.
After your procedure, you can get up and walk around normally. You may wear compression bandages or stockings for a couple weeks to maintain compression where you received treatment. Many opt not to do this and still get very good results.
Most people go back to their regular routine on the day of their procedure. Keep your treated area out of the sun, as the injections coupled with the inflammation they cause sometimes leads to dark spots after significant sun exposure.
Enjoy Your More Youthful Looking Appearance after Sclerotherapy
After your vein treatment, you can expect to see improvement in your spider veins in three to six weeks. Some veins areas require up to four months or several treatments for optimum results. Your treated veins will not come back, but you can still develop new ones. The overall success rate is 80 percent for elimination of treated veins, according to leading studies.
If you have unsightly or uncomfortable veins, talk to Dr. Arthur Zacco at Anti Aging & Functional Medicine about your treatment options. With as few as one treatment, you can enjoy greater confidence and comfort, thanks to sclerotherapy. Schedule your consultation at Anti Aging & Functional Medicine in Raleigh, NC.