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Sclerotherapy Vein Treatments Los Angeles

Sclerotherapy, best performed by a vein specialist doctor, is considered the gold standard treatment for leg spider veins and reticular veins (blue 1-3 mm veins). It is also a safe and effective treatment for permanently removing blue chest veins and prominent hand and arm veins.

Sclerotherapy is a relatively simple spider and reticular vein removal procedure using tiny needles to inject a sclerosing solution into the problem veins, causing them to collapse and fade. Sclerosing agents that are used for vein removal are mild enough to allow predictable and relatively painless treatment. The needles that are used for reticular and spider vein removal are very small and well tolerated. In addition, discomfort is minimized by mixing local anesthetic in the injected solution, and occasional application of numbing medicine to sensitive areas, like the ankles.

Sclerotherapy Spider Vein

For better visualization of the spider veins during the injections, Dr. Dishakjian, the vein specialist at the center, uses a hand-held ring, called Veinlite. This small relatively simple light device, when placed in direct contact with the skin provides uniform illumination of the skin from beneath, allowing the doctor to locate even the tiniest veins as well as hard-to-find deeper reticular veins that serve as feeder veins for superficial thread veins. The technique is known as transilluminated Sclerotherapy. The treatment of feeder veins is important for long lasting sclerotherapy outcome.

Sclerotherapy for spider vein removal

Sclerotherapy injections for spider vein removal.

The Veinlite ring used during Transilluminated Sclerotherapy

The light generated by the Veinlite device makes the skin translucent and allows the vein doctor to locate even the tiniest veins as well as hard-to-find deeper veins.

When leg spider and reticular veins are treated with sclerotherapy, not only the appearance of the legs improves dramatically, but the bothersome symptoms associated with these veins will also significantly improve, including burning, aching, swelling and night cramps. Note that the procedure treats only those veins that are currently present, whether visible or not to the naked eye, and does nothing to prevent the emergence of entirely new spider veins in the future.

It should be pointed out that while sclerotherapy is the ideal treatment for spider and blue veins, Varicose vein treatmentis often best accomplished with some alternate methods, such as foam sclerotherapy, microphlebectomy, or endovenous closure techniques.

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

The typical sclerotherapy session is relatively quick, lasting only about 30 to 60 minutes. The time required for eliminating isolated reticular veins is usually much shorter. While the patient lies on an examination table, the doctor locates the problem veins with the Veinlite device and then injects them with a sclerosant solution using a very fine needle. Some people may experience some cramping or a mild burning sensation which quickly dissipates. Typically, for any given area, two to three spider vein treatment sessions are required to achieve optimal results.

Sclerotherapy Spider Veins removal

Recovery after Sclerotherapy

There is often some degree of inflammatory response after a sclerotherapy session, with mild to moderate sensitivity and tenderness in the area, depending on the density and thickness of the veins treated as well as the type and strength of the solution used. However, no time off work is typically needed. Patients should be able to drive home after a sclerotherapy session and resume work the following day. Immediately after the injections, the treated areas often look somewhat inflamed, like a bug bite, a little raised, bruised and pinkish. This initial inflammatory response often disappears within a few hours, replaced by dark blue bruising, which over time gradually fades to red or brown, before disappearing. Anti-inflammatory medications as well as herbal homeopathic preparations that are commonly used are helpful for minimizing these symptoms.

Sclerotherapy Aftercare

Although sclerotherapy generally does not require any recovery time, it is advisable to avoid activities that may lead to dilation of veins and blood stagnation, such as heavy lifting, strenuous exercise or hot baths. In leg vein sclerotherapy, as with any other leg vein treatment, you are encouraged to walk to speed up the circulation in the legs and enhance the safety of the procedure. Wearing compression stockings for about a week after sclerotherapy is also recommended to improve the treatment outcome and minimize discomfort and complications. On the other hand, wearing compression wrap for more than a few days is not necessary after hand and arm vein treatment with sclerotherapy. Go to compression therapy and watch the video on how to wear compression stockings.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Sclerotherapy

For any questions related to sclerotherapy, please click sclerotherapy FAQ. Dr. Dishakjian has provided answers to host of frequently questions that patients usually ask about the procedure.

Sclerotherapy for reticular and spider vein treatment

Sclerotherapy for reticular vein removal

Questions about the Cost of Spider Vein Treatment or Sclerotherapy?

Call 818-832-4500 for any enquiries regarding cost of spider vein treatment or sclerotherapy, additional information, or scheduling a consultation session with Dr. Dishakjian, a cosmetic surgeon and phlebologist. Consultations with the doctor are free with the purchase of any service. We charge a nominal refundable consultation fee for the first office visit only. This fee is fully credited towards a subsequently purchased service.

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