Sclerotherapy is the most effective and common spider vein treatment option. It has been called the Gold Standard by a multitude of patients and providers around the country. Are unsightly spider veins keeping you from being your most confident self?
If so, you’re not alone.
It’s estimated that one in five Americans, ages 18-60+, are burdened by the trademark of blue, knotted veins on their calves and inner legs.
Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins and are visible on the surface of the skin.
They are known for their thin, tangled, web-like appearance and are mainly seen as a cosmetic nuisance.
As do most vein doctors, Dr. Stuart Miller at New Jersey Vein and Vascular Center (NJVVC) considers sclerotherapy the most effective treatment for small varicose veins and spider veins available today.
Why? Well, let’s take a look at the other options.
Alternative Treatment Options
One popular treatment is Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment. With IPL, a local anesthetic is administered, and the use of heat energy destroys the abnormal veins. The vein is then absorbed into the body over a short period of time. Another option is surface lasers. They are similar to IPL treatments in that the heat from a laser destroys the diseased vein.
Saline injection, classified as the older alternative, is rarely used anymore due to the risk of skin necrosis. However, some clinics still offer this treatment.
Doctors inject a hypertonic saline solution into the veins to irritate the lining, causing it to collapse and stick together.
How These Other Procedures Fall Short
IPL and laser treatments are often painful and can result in blistering of the skin. The average cost for these treatments is high and the effects of this procedure are rarely desired. They are not long-lasting, and the patient will need to return every four weeks to see continued results.
Saline solution injection often results in an extreme burning sensation and possible skin alteration at the injection site. The results are minimal and continued treatment is advised. Sclerotherapy has graduated beyond this painful treatment and has exceeded the expectations of many clinics and patients.
Sclerotherapy is the Gold Standard for Spider Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for spider veins available today.
The treatment takes 15 minutes to an hour to complete and doesn’t require anesthetics.
It’s important to understand that no treatment for spider veins will prevent new veins from forming.
The sclerosant solution is administered by a thin needle that fills the vein, causing it to collapse and disappear before your eyes. A band-aid is then applied to the injection area and recommended compression stockings are applied.
The procedure is minimally invasive and will reduce up to 80% of spider veins within the first treatment.