Varicose veins and spider veins can be an impediment to a full and active life. These conditions can affect your confidence or cause physical discomfort. Thankfully, there are treatment options to help you feel happy and comfortable in your skin.
At AESTHETICA LA, we have improved the lives of countless patients through vein sclerotherapy in Tarzana. Speak with our experienced team about how this minimally invasive treatment option can offer relief and restore your self-confidence.
The primary conditions treated with sclerotherapy at our Tarzana clinic are varicose veins and spider veins. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Yaghoubian has significant experience treating both conditions with sclerotherapy procedures.
Varicose veins can occur when the valves within the veins become weaker due to age, prolonged standing, or genetics. Blood then pools up in those veins, causing them to swell and darken. Varicose veins frequently show up in the legs, as gravity exacerbates the pooling effect. This condition can be painful and cause other skin problems.
Spider veins are smaller and thinner veins that collect near the skin’s surface and often have a dark red, blue, or purple color. Although they are generally non-painful, their appearance can be bothersome and affect a person’s confidence.
Typically, a dermatologist or vascular clinician performs vein sclerotherapy. In this simple procedure, the treating provider will insert a thin needle into the vein, injecting a solution known as a sclerosant or sclerosing agent. Sclero- is a prefix meaning hard, so sclerotherapy works by hardening the enlarged or misshapen veins through scarring.
Typical chemicals used in a sclerotherapy injection are saline solutions, polidocanol, and sodium tetradecyl sulfate. The injected solution will irritate the inside lining of the veins, triggering the vein to scar and close. For more prominent varicose veins, some doctors will use a foam rather than a liquid solution to coat the vein’s interior more thoroughly.
As the treated vein scars, the vein closes and blood flow redirects to other, healthier veins. Eventually, the treated vein will collapse and become reabsorbed back into the body to no longer be noticeable. Additionally, sclerotherapy treatment often decreases pain or other side effects related to the unhealthy veins.
The amount of time it will take for a varicose vein or spider vein to disappear depends on the size of the targeted vein. Small varicose veins and spider veins often fade within a few weeks of treatment. Larger veins may require three or four sclerotherapy treatments over several months before they clear.
After sclerotherapy, the patients at our Tarzana clinic have experienced significant improvements in the appearance and symptoms of problematic vein conditions. There is little downtime following the procedure, although most doctors advise patients to wear compression stockings for a time to aid healing. Many patients experience some pain when the sclerosing agent is injected and may have mild bruising or swelling afterward. However, the treatment is minimally invasive and quick, allowing you to return to the activities you love as soon as possible.
If varicose veins are causing you pain or other medical problems, health insurance plans may cover the costs of sclerotherapy. After the procedure, some of our patients experience significant relief from related symptoms like aching and leg cramps.
Regardless of whether your concerns are medical or cosmetic, you do not have to suffer the effects of varicose and spider veins. Call AESTHETICA LA to learn more about vein sclerotherapy in Tarzana and discuss how this treatment can benefit you.