Sclerotherapy is a treatment of varicose veins and spider veins that removes the veins by injecting a medicine into the vessel and making it shrink immediately. Dr. Dubow uses Asclera (polidocanol injection), the newest FDA approved sclerotherapy agent.
The varicose veins treatments work by directly injecting the unwanted leg veins with a very small needle of Asclera to make it immediately shrink, and completely dissolve within a few weeks. The body eventually absorbs the treated veins naturally. Sclerotherapy is the most common and most effective spider veins treatment and varicose veins treatment available. The procedure is not only eliminating the current unsightly vein, but it is also prevents the veins from coming back. The sclerosing solution also closes the smaller veins that feed into the larger vein being treated.
While you should not engage in strenuous physical activity after sclerotherapy treatment, Dr. Dubow recommends that you walk around after the procedure. You will also be able to drive yourself home and resume your daily activities immediately.
The side effects of sclerotherapy spider veins treatment are usually minimal. In some cases, patients will experience some itching around the spider veins that were treated. Additionally, some patients experience raised, red areas around the injection site, or slight bruising. Dr. Dubow will further explain possible side effects of sclerotherapy if you have more questions or concerns.
Laser Treatment for Veins
Veins on the face, commonly found around the nose, can be easily treated with our state of the art V-Beam laser for spider veins.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vein Treatment
Does sclerotherapy work?
Yes, sclerotherapy does work. It is a proven procedure that has been used to treat veins for a long time. Though every patient is different and can expect varying results, you'll be able to better understand the outcomes that you can expect following your initial consultation with Dr. Dubow.
How much does sclerotherapy cost?
Each patient’s needs are unique and therefore cost of sclerotherapy depends on the individual, but an average treatment costs $450 per treatment. If you only have a few veins it can be less and is up to the doctor’s discretion. Call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Dubow to see how much your personalized sclerotherapy treatment will cost
Does sclerotherapy hurt?
Sclerotherapy does not cause a lot of pain. We use a very small needed to inject a liquid chemical into the vein. It may cause a small burning sensation, but most of our patients find the pain very tolerable. Dr. Dubow can use topical numbing creams on the injection site to help patients who may experience pain
How many sclerotherapy treatments are usually needed?
Some patients only require 1 treatment, while others need 3-5 treatments, performed 4-6 weeks apart. It's difficult to say exactly how many sclerotherapy treatments a person will need until they are able to be examined by Dr. Dubow.
What is varicose veins?
Varicose veins are large blue, dark purple veins. They often bulge from the skin and may even have a cord-like appearance. They are most frequently found on the legs. Varicose veins tend to be much larger than spider veins and can be distinguished by their thick appearance.
What is spider veins?
Spider veins are very small and usually red or blue in color. They are much closer to the surface compared to varicose veins. They can look like a thin red line, tree branches or a spider web. Spider veins can be found on the legs, face, and may cover a small or large area
What are reticular veins?
Reticular veins are known as feeder veins. They are blue and green veins beneath the surface of the skin. They enlarge because of increased pressure in the vein, and can be caused be heredity. You may have reticular veins along or may have spider veins at the same time
What causes leg veins?
They are a result of backup of blood caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. The heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients to the whole body through arteries. Veins then carry the blood back to the heart. Valves inside the veins act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become week, blood can leak back and collect there, causing the veins to get bigger and therefore visible
How common are leg veins?
Varicose veins and spider veins are very common. Approximately half of the 50+ years population has leg veins, so you are not alone!
What factors increase my risk for leg veins? What causes spider veins?
The following factors will increase your risk for leg veins / can cause leg veins:
- Heredity: Having a family member who has leg veins may increase your risk of developing them. Approximately ½ of people who have varicose veins have a family history of them.
- Age: The normal wear and tear of aging cases valves in the veins to weaken and the backup of blood can cause visible veins.
- Gender: Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop varicose veins than men, due to changes in hormones with puberty, pregnancy, menopause and with birth control pills.
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy the growth of the fetus increase pressure on leg veins. However, leg veins that occur during pregnancy usually improve within 3-12 months following delivery.
- Overweight and Obesity: Having extra body weight can put additional pressure on veins.
- Prolonged Standing/Sitting: This is especially true with legs bent or crossed, as this causes veins to work harder to pump blood back up to the heart.
Other possible causes include race, posture, occupation, hormones, primary valvular incompetence and incompetent perforating veins
How can I prevent leg veins?
The following will help to prevent your chances of getting visible leg veins: Exercise regularly, control your weight, don’t cross your legs for long periods of time when sitting, elevate your legs when resting, don’t stand or sit for long periods of time, wear elastic support stocking, and avoid tight clothing
Can leg veins be dangerous?
Spider veins are rarely a serious health problem, but they can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs. You should see a doctor if the vein is tender to the touch, there are sores or a rash on the leg, the skin on the ankle changes color, the vein begins to bleed, leg symptoms interfere with daily activity, or the appearance of the vein is causing you distress. However, most of our patients come in because they don’t like the way their leg veins look for aesthetic purposes only
Is it possible to get rid of the veins next to my nose? Laser treatment for spider veins?
Absolutely. We have a laser for spider veins on the nose. We use a laser called the V-Beam, which can erase those facial veins with just a few pulses. You may need to come back for repeat treatments to ensure the veins never return