What Is Cosmetic Sclerotherapy?
Cosmetic sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that treats spider veins in the legs and even the hands. During this procedure, a solution called a sclerosant is injected into a vein just below the skin level using a tiny needle. This solution causes the vein to scar, harden and eventually collapse, which forces blood to change routes to healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.
Benefits of Cosmetic Sclerotherapy
Cosmetic sclerotherapy has many benefits, including:
- Requires minimal procedural time (20 to 30 minutes)
- Requires minimal to no downtime: normal activities may resume the same day
- Only causes minor discomfort
- Helps spider veins and symptoms to disappear
- Is a safe procedure: does not adversely affect blood circulation in any way
Cosmetic Sclerotherapy for Hands
Cosmetic sclerotherapy may also be used as a rejuvenation treatment to reduce the appearance of veins on the hands. When used to treat veins in hands, sclerotherapy involves the use of multiple tiny injections that shrink visible veins. It provides many of the same benefits as cosmetic sclerotherapy performed on other parts of the body, including minimal to no downtime, long-lasting results and more youthful-looking hands.
Is Cosmetic Sclerotherapy Painful?
While many patients experience no discomfort, you may experience a minor stinging or burning sensation at the injected vein. Side effects after the procedure may include bruising around the injection site along with raised, red, darkened areas. Larger veins that were treated may become hard, dark and/or lumpy. These veins may require several months in which to dissolve and fade. Any other side effects should be reported to your provider as soon as possible.
After the procedure, your provider will apply bandages or medical tape to the treated areas. Your provider will also recommend the use of compression socks, which will need to be worn for at least seven days after treatment. You may resume all your normal daily activities. Additional follow-up visits may be required so we can look for other veins that may need treatment or address areas of discomfort. Following treatment, patients are encouraged to walk regularly to promote proper blood circulation, though strenuous athletic activity should be avoided for a few days.