Sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment is a simple non-surgical procedure performed at SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery to “erase” spider veins, which are small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins, or larger varicose veins. During the sclerotherapy procedure or laser vein treatment, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes the vein to close off and fade from view.
Spider veins are commonly found on the calves, thighs, and ankles. They can be especially noticeable and unsightly when you are wearing shorts, dresses, skirts, or a bathing suit.
Typical symptoms of spider veins or larger varicose veins are itchy, bulging, swollen, or restless legs. Heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, trauma, weight gain, and prolonged sitting or standing are all sources that contribute to the development of both spider veins and varicose veins.
Our approach to sclerotherapy & laser vein treatments
During your sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment consultation with our clinical staff, we will discuss the options and alternatives in great detail, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about this non-surgical procedure.
We will begin the consult by identifying the cause of your spider veins using the latest diagnostic technology. Once the source is found, he will recommend the sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment that will achieve the best results for you. It typically takes 3-5 treatments per region to achieve optimum results.
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Sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment is performed as an out-patient procedure under local topical anesthesia and personal ice packs with a certified anesthesiologist; each procedure typically takes approximately 30 minutes.
Sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment involves injecting a pharmaceutical–called a sclerosant–into your problem veins. The sclerosant causes the veins to scar and collapse, so blood no longer fills them. The body will absorb the diseased veins and reroute your blood to healthy veins within a few weeks.
Some of our patients also combine their sclerotherapy or laser vein treatment with other cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures, such as BOTOX/Dysport or injectable dermal fillers ( Juvéderm, Radiesse, Restlane / Prelance, and fat injection), Fraxel Laser, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and skin care.
Recovering from sclerotherapy & laser vein treatments at SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery
After a sclerotherapy procedure or laser vein treatment, patients can resume normal daily activities and walking is encouraged to prevent blood clots. You will wear support to compress the treated vessels for one week after treatment to keep blood blow out of the treated veins.
Our clinical staff recommends that you avoid strenuous activities the evening after the procedure, but you will have no additional restrictions after that. You should avoid hot baths, whirlpools, saunas, hot compresses, and direct exposure to sunlight for 48 hours after treatment.
Common side effects can include itching for 1 to 2 days after the procedure. The injection site may become raised and red, with some bruising, but should disappear in a few days.
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We invite you to schedule your cosmetic consultation with SF | Bay Area Plastic Surgery today; we’d love to be a part of your journey to a more youthful you. To learn more about sclerotherapy procedures or laser vein treatment, please call us today at 650.964.2200or request an initial consultation in Mountain View or Morgan Hill, CA on our website.