Get rid of unsightly spider veins without surgery!
Dr. Bonelli is able to virtually erase unsightly leg veins using sclerotherapy, which is the time tested, gold standard nonsurgical treatment. There is no need to worry about downtime, as sclerotherapy can easily be done during your lunch break. With sclerotherapy, you can feel great about your legs again!
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment which has been applied to varicose veins in various forms for centuries. In the last several decades numerous advances in the understanding of the anatomy and pathophysiology of venous insufficiency along with improvements in the techniques and materials has made this treatment exceptionally safe and effective. The procedure is considered the gold standard for spider veins and can be used for larger diameter veins.
How does sclerotherapy work?
A sclerosant solution called STS is injected into the abnormal vein which irritates the vein's inner lining. The vein initially becomes inflamed and then turns into scar tissue which the body will reabsorb slowly as the vein fades from view. Sessions are typically short, lasting only 10 to 15 minutes, and treat the veins progressively. The number of treatment sessions is determined by the extent of your condition.
Following the Procedure
You will be able to resume your normal work and recreation activities immediately. For optimal results compression hose should be worn daily for one week to assist the healing process and avoid complications. The fading process takes 4 to 12 weeks in general and most patients can expect a 75% to 90% improvement after 3 to 5 sessions.
Risks & Complications
Side effects from sclerotherapy are rare and almost always mild. Minor side effects include itching or skin discoloration at the injection site. Sometimes there can be firmness and tenderness when large veins are injected. All these side effects tend to clear up spontaneously. Some rare potentially serious complications can occur, including deep venous thrombosis, a severe allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent, and inadvertent arterial injection. Even when performed by a highly skilled phlebologist, there are potential side effects and complications.