How Long Will Your Results Last?
As a rule, sclerotherapy and vein ablation give both temporary and permanent results. While the results are permanent in that the treated veins will fade away and never return, new varicose veins and spider veins may develop in the future, making the results temporary as well.
Your genetics is one factor that determines how long your results will last, since hereditary factors may increase your risk of developing vein concerns. The length of time your results last may also depend on various factors such as your weight, health, genetics, and medications.
How Soon Will I See Results From Spider Veins Treatment?
You can see the results of these treatments very quickly, which is a huge benefit. In the case of spider veins, you can expect to see results within three to six weeks of your appointment.
What’s the Difference Between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?
Spider veins and capillaries are tiny, branch-like veins and capillaries rising to the upper layers of the skin. Often found on the upper or lower thighs, these web-like veins can be dark red, dark purple, or even blue.
On the other hand, varicose veins tend to appear more prominently on the calves. Veins with varicose patterns make bumps beneath the skin as they bulge or twist. Neither of these conditions is usually an indication of any serious underlying health concern, though there are exceptions. That said, varicose veins can cause pain or other problems. This is less likely with spider veins.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
The injections of sclerotherapy work by irritating the vein wall so that it collapses and eliminates spider and varicose veins. By injecting a salt-based solution directly into the affected veins, the wall of the vein can be damaged without causing injury to the surrounding tissue.
Veins that collapse will be converted into fibrous tissue and be carried away by the body’s lymphatic system. Then new veins or healthier veins will replace the collapsed veins so that the circulatory system will function normally.
How Does Vein Ablation Work?
The act of ablation involves the destruction of tissue. Radiation or a laser are used to generate heat to destroy veins so that the body can eliminate them, thus treating venous disorders.
Vein ablation is considered safe and effective and has a well-deserved reputation for safety and effectiveness. Varicose veins of different sizes and types may be treated with this procedure, and the results are very similar to those achieved with sclerotherapy. It is essentially the same process, just using heat instead of an irritating solution to destroy the vein walls.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Depending on the severity of your vein condition, you may need more or fewer treatments. There are usually 2-4 treatments required to remedy mild varicose veins or spider veins. Further treatment may be needed for more severe varicose veins or multiple veins. Follow-up appointments will usually be scheduled about a month apart.
Am I a Candidate?
Most people are candidates for this minimally invasive procedure. There are only a very few things that could keep you from being a good candidate. We’ll go over everything with you at your consultation and help you decide on the best way to get rid of your spider veins for good.
How Should I Prepare for Treatment?
Preparations for your treatment will not be extensive. You will not be required to arrange for transportation, nor will you need to fast before your appointment. You can continue taking your medications as usual. Compression stockings, however, are recommended to be used after your treatment to promote healthy blood flow.
How Does the Treatment Process Go?
Appointments typically last between 15 and 30 minutes. We will clean and sterilize your treatment areas before you receive injections. A fine needle will be used to administer the salt-based solution.
What Should I Do After Treatment?
Your appointment is only the beginning of this treatment. Following treatment, you need to observe certain guidelines, such as avoiding strenuous activity and vigorous exercise for five to seven days. Avoid hot water, steam, direct sunlight, and hot tubs as well.
For at least one to two weeks, you will have to wear compression stockings nearly all of the time, particularly when you are on your feet. In addition, patients are encouraged to walk around frequently for the first two weeks after their treatment, or at least for half an hour each day.