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November 2010 Blog Archive
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sclerotherapy: Not Just For Legs Anymore
Most of us know sclerotherapy as a procedure to treat problem veins that appear on the legs, which is the area of the body where most cosmetic vein concerns, like spider veins and varicose veins, occur.
But did you know that sclerotherapy can be used to treat spider veins that appear on other parts the body, like the hands, arms, neck and even the face? There's no reason to cover up with makeup or feel embarassed about spider veins that make your hands and arms look older than you are--just a few minutes in the doctor's office and those veins can be permanently erased with sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves injections of a chemical sclerant that irritates the vessel lining of spider veins. This leads to the collapse, shrinking and eventually disappearance of the problem veins. It's been used to treat individuals with spider veins as well as smaller varicose veins, and is quite popular because of its relaxed recovery period. In fact, most patients return to work and other activities right away.
When used on the face, a milder version of the sclerosing agent should be used and the foam version should not be used. There's also a greater risk of bruising with facial sclerotherapy than when the procedure is performed in the legs. It is very important that you discuss this option with a trained professional prior to undergoing facial sclerotherapy so that you may understand all of the potential risks and benefits, and make a decision for yourself. Many clinics offer laser treatments for facial spider veins as well.