Are you like millions of other women who are bothered by spider veins, those unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that appear on your thighs, calves and ankles? You’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that’s been used since the 1930′s. It involves injecting a solution—most commonly a salt solution—directly into the varicose veins and spider veins and works by irritating the lining of the blood vessel. This causes the veins to swell and stick together, and blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue and fades.
Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure and has been in use since the 1930s.
At Cool Springs Plastic Surgery Clinic, Michele Bailey, RN, has been treating spider veins since 1993. Moreover, she is a member of the American College of Phlebology, specializing in veins. Using a simple procedure called sclerotherapy, Michele can remove spider veins and small varicose veins by injecting the vein with sclerosing solution. This causes the veins to collapse and fade from view. Results can be seen in as little as a few weeks. The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling and night cramps.
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Is Spider Vein Treatment for You?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be advised to postpone your treatment. During the initial consultation, Michele will ask you about your medical history, assess your skin type and explain the risks and benefits of sclerotherapy.
To learn more about Spider Vein Treatments, call (615) 771-7718 or click here to schedule an appointment online today.
What to Expect
The procedure does not require anesthesia and can be performed in the office. The number of total sessions needed depends on the amount of vessels and length of time the patient has had them.
After your procedure you will be asked to wear compression to the injection sites for 24 hours if the treated area is on the legs. After this time it is highly recommended that you wear medical support hose for the next two weeks. You may expect some slight bruising or discoloration while healing, and the vessels may take up to four to six weeks to disappear. It is highly recommended that you start in late winter or early spring, as you must stay out of the sun while healing.