What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure at Georgia Dermatology Partners in Braselton and Snellville, GA, used to treat unsightly leg and spider veins. A solution, known as a sclerosant, is injected directly into the damaged veins, causing the veins to collapse and gradually fade away. Sclerotherapy has been used on patients across the world since the 1930’s and remains the primary effective treatment for spider veins.
Causes Of Spider Veins
The exact cause of spider veins is still unclear but several factors can influence the onset. Such factors include: family history, hormonal changes, such as puberty and pregnancy, leg injury, prolonged standing, and being overweight. Spider veins on the nose or cheeks may be triggered by excessive sun exposure. Sun protections is important to limit the number of spider veins on the face.
What Is Sclerotherapy Treatment Like?
- A treatment session usually takes about 15 to 45 minutes.
- No anesthesia is needed and most patients experience only minimal pain and a mild burning sensation.
- The skin is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and the sclerosing solution is then injected into the superficial veins with a very fine needle.
How Many Sclerotherapy Treatments Does It Take For Spider Vein Removal?
The number of treatments varies with each individual depending on the number and size of vessels. Usually, significant improvements can be seen within one to two sessions. Sclerotherapy is a process and may take time to heal. This should not discourage you from treatment, as results can be extremely satisfying and dramatic. Left untreated veins will get worse and generate more veins. Treatment can help you gain control of the problem and minimize future progression. *Treatments done here at Georgia Dermatology Partners are done for cosmetic reasons only.
Is The Sclerotherapy Treatment Safe?
Sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure. The most common negative reactions to sclerotherapy may include some slight pain, redness, or bruising around the injected veins. Spider Vein removal is a non-surgical procedure and as a result does not pose the risks that may come with surgery. On some occasions small branches of blood vessels around the vein being treated may appear, however, these vessels will usually disappear on their own.
Sclerotherapy Before & After
Why Choose Georgia Dermatology Partners For Your Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Gail Wenner, RN has been treating spider veins at Georgia Dermatology Partners since 2005. She first started treating veins in 1994 at a vein center in Atlanta, that was dedicated to treating varicose and spider veins. There she received extensive training on understanding the complexity of veins and learned the art of performing leg vein injections.
She has successfully treated thousands of patients. Through her experience, she has recognized the importance of treating the problem at its source, in order to achieve an optimal aesthetic outcome and slow the progressive nature of the disease.
From time to time she meets someone that says “I have had treatment before and it didn’t work, is this something that can really work?” She welcomes the question and loves the challenge of proving that treatment does really work. She is passionate about what she does and welcomes the opportunity to meet with you, and help get you started on the road to getting rid of your leg and spider veins.