Individuals who have vascular conditions like spider veins often look for the best available method to have them removed. The biggest reason for this is to improve appearance. However, some people with spider veins also experience discomforts like itching and burning. Spider veins develop in the smaller capillaries that branch off from the other vessels. Their purpose is to carry blood to and from those areas of the body that cannot be reached by larger blood vessels. They are frequently visible through the skin. This obviously makes for a negative impact on the appearance.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most widely used methods for treating spider veins. The treatment is done when a special solution is injected into the veins that are being treated. The solution is called a sclerant and is designed to safely irritate the interior walls of the vessels. This causes them to stick together and collapse, sealing off the vein. What is left of the vein tissue will start to disappear and, over the course of the next few months, no longer be visible.
Sometimes, the medical professional will perform the sclerotherapy treatment visually. This method is done when the vein is visible enough to see without the aid of imaging techniques. If the vein is harder to see or located deeper under the skin than most, the doctor may choose to utilize ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Ultrasound is an imaging method by which sound waves are used. The information gathered by the rate at which these waves bounce off of tissue is fed into a computer. The information is taken to develop an image that is shown on a screen.
Medical professionals often use ultrasound for guidance when the vein may be harder to see. The use of this imaging technique helps to make the injection in a more precise location than would be feasible by visual reference alone. The ultrasound image is also useful in helping to determine the adequacy of the treatment. It may be used during the treatment and in follow-up appointments as well.
If you have unwanted spider veins that you’d like to have treated, make an appointment at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables to learn more about all of the benefits of sclerotherapy. Conveniently located in Coral Gables, we offer a variety of medical and cosmetic dermatology services, including the popular CoolSculpting® procedure. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for sclerotherapy!