Injection Spider Vein Treatment in St. Louis
Those small, dark red or blue veins that appear on your legs and face are called spider veins. Although the legs and thighs are the most common area for spider veins, they can appear just about anywhere on your body, including the:
- Face (especially around the nose)
Sclerotherapy at Renaissance Plastic Surgery is a non-surgical vein treatment that uses an injectable saline solution to remove unwanted spider veins.
Where do spider veins come from?
Spider veins are commonly associated with aging, but there are several other factors that may be involved in their development. Visible spider veins have been linked to factors such as birth control pills, genetics and heredity, pregnancy, and obesity, and are more commonly found in women than in men.
Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are often just a cosmetic issue for patients due to the dark pigmentation, although they may also occasionally cause slight irritation.
How does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment that works to close the problem vein so that it fades over time. A small amount of a sclerosing saline solution is injected into the vein. The solution is used to displace the blood inside the affected vein, causing it to collapse and be absorbed naturally by the body. This form of vein treatment will sometimes require more than one treatment for full resolution of the spider veins.
You may be provided with compression stockings after your procedure to help minimize swelling, but most patients are able to resume their normal routine immediately after their procedure. However, higher levels of activity or exercise should be avoided for at least the first 24 hours. It may take several months to achieve full results, but sclerotherapy often achieves 60 to 80% improvement of the treated spider veins.
Some patients may also consider alternative vein treatments, such as laser vein removal.