Sclerotherapy is a time-tested injectable treatment for spider veins. This non-surgical procedure involves tiny injections of a medicated saline solution, which are directly injected into the affected veins. The procedure usually involves no specific recovery period, and most patients are in a position to return immediately to their normal routine.
However, sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment, which will involve some amount of aftercare. The vein treatment specialist will educate the patient about all aspects of the spider vein procedure, and give a few instructions for the post-operative phase.
The Desert Vein & Vascular Institute (DVVI), led by Dr. Pushpinder Sivia and Dr. Son Ha Yu, provides spider vein treatments to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and surrounding communities across the horizon.
Immediate Post-Op Phase
Following the spider vein procedure, the vein specialist will provide a few post-op care instructions to the patient. These will include guidelines on how to care for the injected sites. The treatment provider will also apprise the patient of the normal symptoms as well as any potential signs of complications so that they are clear about when to seek medical attention.
Significant improvement in the appearance of the treated areas will be noticeable after the sclerotherpay procedure. The procedure will typically remove about 50 to 75 percent of the targeted veins permanently. While some of the veins will be gone after the first treatment sessions, other more stubborn veins might require multiple treatments.
Patients can usually achieve optimal outcomes with multiple sclerotherapy sessions as advised by the treatment provider. Some of the mild, temporary post-op symptoms include redness, mild bruising, minor discoloration and occasional blisters. In about a month or two, these side effects will normally resolve on their own. But if the symptoms look abnormal or persist for long, the patient should seek medical advice.
Other Recovery Aspects
The treatment provider may require the patient to wear compression stockings for a few weeks after spider vein treatment. This will allow for faster improvement of bruising and will help ensure that the treated veins remain closed. The patient will be instructed to avoid sun exposure in the treated areas for several weeks. Minor scarring concerns may occur in a few patients in sites where the needles have been injected.
The patient should be prepared to follow the vein expert’s instructions for a safe and predictable recovery. They should wear compression stockings as instructed, and restrict their activities for a few days within the limits prescribed by the specialist.
The judicious and dedicated DVVI receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, Inland Empire, Riverside, California, and other areas in this part of The Golden State for spider vein treatment.
In the first treatment session, all the spider veins may not respond well to sclerotherapy. Patients can achieve more comprehensive outcomes with multiple treatments. If the patient’s condition of spider veins is progressive, they may need a maintenance procedure every few years. Follow-up visits to the provider’s office should be made as per schedule in order to ensure sustainable, long-term results.