Leg vein removal treatment for unsightly varicose veins.
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Collapse Visible Veins in Chicago and Winnetka
Sclerotherapy at Chicago and Winnetka’s Whole Beauty® Institute is a procedure commonly used to treat reticular and spider veins, which are blood vessels visible through the skin. There are many reasons these veins—known as telangiectasia—may appear, including hormone fluctuations, genetics, trauma, ultraviolet radiation exposure, and more. Certain conditions, such as rosacea, can also be related to their appearance. They get their nickname from the way they resemble intricate webs or spindly spider legs.
Treating spider veins via nonsurgical sclerotherapy causes the unwanted veins to collapse. Since they are not a vital part of the circulatory system, this does not hamper healthy blood flow for the rest of the body.
Who Can Benefit from Sclerotherapy?
The Whole Beauty® Institute team welcomes patients for a complimentary consultation to assess their leg veins and make sure they are an ideal candidate for successful sclerotherapy. We will check your leg veins with a Doppler ultrasound and determine whether the treatment would be beneficial. Ideal patients are in general good health and unhappy with their visible vessels.
You are not a candidate for sclerotherapy if you have had blood clots in your legs, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), leg or ankle ulcers, asthma, or severe allergies, or if you are pregnant or nursing. Patients with larger, ropy vessels known as varicose veins are better suited to laser vein treatments, as opposed to sclerotherapy.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Extremely fine needles are used to inject your vein with a solution called sotradecol, which will irritate the vein lining and cause the vein to scar and close off. Isolating it from the rest of the circulatory system causes it to collapse, after which it will be gradually absorbed by the body.
Note that sclerotherapy does not “cure” spider veins. It treats the visible symptoms, but does not address the fundamental problem that led to the vein changes in the first place. New spider veins may emerge in the future. These can also be treated with sclerotherapy.
What Happens Before a Sclerotherapy Session?
Prior to your first treatment, we will give you information on where to buy compression stockings that need to be worn for one week after the treatment, starting as soon as the sclerotherapy session is over. (These compression stockings can be purchased online. Search JOBST thigh highs 15-20mmhg, and choose your size by measuring the width of your calf and thigh.)
We also instruct sclerotherapy patients to avoid three main things: taking ibuprofen or aspirin products the week before the treatment, applying creams or lotions on their legs the night before or the day of treatment, and shaving their legs the day of the appointment. We do, however, recommend showering before coming in. Bring loose-fitting shorts to wear during the treatment, as well as the compression stockings to put on afterward.
What Happens During a Sclerotherapy Session?
The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed to remove visible veins varies from patient to patient, depending on the extent of the problem. Treatment sessions performed at four to six week intervals achieve optimal results. We utilize a special instrument known as a vein light that allows us to see the veins (known as reticular veins) that feed the spider veins. By injecting reticular veins, we provide a better result.
The procedure itself lasts 30 minutes. Once you are comfortable on the examination table, the nurse will use one hand to stretch the skin of the area taut while injecting the sclerosing agent into the affected veins with the guidance of a vein light.
What Happens After a Sclerotherapy Session?
You will be given post-care information after each session, outlining various important things to remember: Walk for 20 to 30 minutes after the treatment and each following day, but avoid strenuous activities for 24 to 48 hours, apply compression hose right after the treatment, sleep in the stockings for one night and wear them daily for one week. Also, avoid prolonged heat exposure such as saunas, spas, tanning beds, and the like.
Expect veins to look darker and potentially more visible before looking better in approximately four to six weeks.
Bruising also may appear at the injection site and usually disappears by four weeks. Trapped blood occasionally occurs, with a small pocket of blood remaining as a dark blue clot. This can be removed with a small needle puncture within two to four weeks. In less that 1 percent of patients, a small blister and ulceration may occur at the injection site. This usually heals within eight weeks.
Most patients are very pleased with the results of sclerotherapy. The skin of the legs will appear younger, clearer, and healthier.
Other Treatments for Redness
While sclerotherapy is ideal for treating visible veins, more diffuse redness associated with rosacea and melasma is better addressed with a light-based treatment, such as IPL. The Whole Beauty® Institute team will guide you in choosing the right treatment for your specific problem.
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