Spider veins (sclerotherapy) Southlake TX
Tired of always wearing pants to cover up those spider veins that your mother gave you? Come in and see Brenda Ray, R.N. to get rid of those veins, and feel comfortable in shorts and skirts again. Southlake Plastic Surgery uses one of the oldest and most reliable techniques to treat spider veins.
Over time, 80% of women develop spider veins. Pregnancy, prolonged standing and heredity are the main causes. As we age, those veins can become larger, darker and painful. They appear most frequently on the legs but also can appear on the face.
- What is sclerotherapy?
- Who is a candidate?
- What results will I see?
- What are the side effects?
- Why come to Southlake Plastic Surgery for treatment?
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy was developed over 75 years ago and, today, is one of the most common treatments for spider veins. A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. The body then begins the process of healing, and the vein decomposes, shrinks and disappears. The procedure lasts on average 30-60 minutes, depending on how many veins are present. After treatment, support hose are applied and worn for a full week. You are encouraged to wear the support hose for an additional 1 week afterward whenever you are on your feet. The support keeps the veins closed and compressed so that the solution can work more effectively. Brenda suggests Futuro Compression Hose “Firm Support” 20-30 mmHg (Kroger, CVS, Walgreens).
Who is a candidate?
A thorough history is taken to determine if you are a candidate. You may not receive sclerotherapy if you have any of the following conditions: pregnancy, insulin dependent diabetes, crippling arthritis, severe bronchial asthma, lupus, blood clots or receiving anti-coagulant therapy.
What results will I see?
Gradual improvement will be noticed. Injection sites are visible for several weeks and may appear like a bug bite. Treatment is recommended in the fall or winter because of the appearance of the injection sites, and summer may be too hot to wear the support hose. During the consultation, you will be advised as to the number of treatments necessary to achieve desired results. The average is 2-6 sessions 3 weeks apart, but most see significant results in 2 treatments.
What are the side effects?
In most cases you can resume regular activities immediately. Vigorous activity or excessive standing is not advised for 48 hours. Following treatment, the veins may darken, and the area may appear bruised. Support hose after treatment is recommended. This application of pressure will help reduce side effects and aid in more effective healing and treatment. After the treatment of larger vessels, the affected area may appear pigmented, but this is temporary and will fade over time. Hyperpigmentation is a common side effect with many of the techniques used to treat spider veins. Brenda Ray personalizes the solution used after a thorough medical history to decrease or eliminate the chance of pigmentation with her treatments.
Why come to Southlake Plastic Surgery for treatment?
At Southlake Plastic Surgery, Brenda Ray, R.N., administers all the injections. She has nine years of emergency room experience and is specially trained in the specific techniques required for sclerotherapy injections. Because of her expertise, she is often asked to help train other physicians and nurses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Cost for sclerotherapy treatment depends on the number of sessions required; consultations are scheduled at no charge. Please call the office for more information.