The Spider Vein Removal treatment is a nonablative and noninvasive treatment that rejuvenates your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL spider vein removal can improve the signs of sun damage, rosacea, and red spots on the face, hands and body. It has also been used to reduce the appearance small blood vessels most often seen on cheeks, chin, and around the nose. Larger blood vessels may require treatment with injections, also known as sclerotherapy, for removal of the larger vessels that feed the small capillaries on the surface. Multiple treatments may be necessary for full effect. Treatments take a few minutes, depending on the size of the area treated, and does not include pre-treatment numbing cream application. If treatments are performed on the legs, you will need to wear compression hose immediately after the procedure for a few days, for best results.
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins. The doctor uses a fine needle to inject a liquid chemical into the vein. The chemical causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade. This treatment does not require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor’s office. You can return to normal activity right after treatment.
The same vein may need to be treated more than once. Treatments are usually done every 4 to 6 weeks. You may be asked to wear gradient compression stockings after sclerotherapy to help with healing and decrease swelling. This treatment is very effective when done correctly.
Possible side effects include:
- Stinging, red and raised patches of skin, or bruises where the injection was made. These usually go away shortly after treatment.
- Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein. These also usually go away shortly after treatment.
- Lumps of blood that get trapped in vein and cause inflammation. This is not dangerous. You can relieve swelling by applying heat and taking aspirin. Your doctor can drain the trapped blood with a small pinprick at a follow-up visit.