Sclerotherapy a go-to safe, effective procedure for the treatment of Irvine patients’ spider veins

While its roots date back centuries, sclerotherapy remains the gold standard for the treatment of spider veins. The name, “sclerotherapy” refers to the sclerosing agent used to treat your unsightly and uncomfortable spiderweb-like lines on your legs.

“Sclerosing” means the solution causes a portion of the body to harden. In this case, the sclerosing solution sets off a chain reaction whereby the lining of the treated blood vessel swells up, sticks together and the blood clots. Eventually, as the treated vessel turns into scar tissue, the spider veins will fade.

Sclerotherapy can be completed over your lunch hour. Dr. Arta Farshidi will apply the spider vein-fading solution in the following steps that make up the procedure:

  • First, you’ll recline with your legs slightly elevated.
  • Second, Dr. Farshidi will cleanse the area to be treated.
  • Third, Dr. Farshidi will inject the sclerosing agent through a fine needle.
  • Fourth, you may experience slight discomfort, cramping or stinging for 1 to 2 minutes as the needle is inserted (discomfort may be more pronounced with larger veins).
  • Fifth, the needle is withdrawn and compression and massage are applied to help disperse the solution and prevent blood from leaking out.
  • Sixth, additional veins may be injected as needed depending on the size of the veins, where they are located, and your overall health status.

Afterwards, Dr. Farshidi and her team will monitor you for about 15 to 20 minutes. Arta Dermatology will want to check the site of injection for any immediate side effects. You’ll also be asked to walk around to get the blood flowing and prevent blood clots, a potential complication from treatment.

Clotting that requires treatment is not a common complication, but you will need to follow instructions as prescribed by Dr. Farshidi. To prevent unwanted side effects you will wear medical-grade support hosiery or clothing to compress the treated blood vessels. You will also avoid strenuous exercise for a timeframe as directed by Dr. Farshidi. Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmented areas. Application of heat from baths, compresses, whirlpools and saunas is not advised.

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of sclerotherapy patients’ spider veins have faded over a series of treatments as advised by Dr. Farshidi. Veins typically respond between 3 weeks to 4 months, depending on the size of the vein.

Dr. Farshidi can discuss if you are a good candidate for the Sclerotherapy Procedure during a consultation at our Irvine area office. If it is determined that sclerotherapy is right for you, she will walk through any medications or products to avoid prior to treatment. Call (949) 531-7111 to schedule an appointment.


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