Sclerotherapy, a treatment for spider veins, causes unsightly veins to collapse and eventually fade. Dr. Weinman performs the procedure by injecting a saline solution into the spider vein. The saline causes the lining of the vein to become irritated, and eventually collapse and stick together. This process causes the blood in the area to clot. As the vein deteriorates, scar tissue gradually begins to form and the vein’s appearance minimizes. With over 80 years of use, sclerotherapy has minimal side effects and offers excellent results. Dr. Weinman only uses sclerotherapy for spider veins. Patients with varicose veins are referred to the doctor's colleagues for a more intricate procedure.
Sclerotherapy is an ideal treatment option for patients with spider veins and small veins on the face and body. Varicose veins, however, require a more extensive and deliberate approach due to their size. While using sclerotherapy may treat varicose veins to an extent, it’s much more effective on the smaller, spider veins. The saline injection into smaller veins proves more effective and less damaging. When injected into the larger veins, the veins may become gnarled and thick, making it difficult for them to deteriorate over time.
When Dr. Weinman uses sclerotherapy on smaller veins, the treatment comes with few side effects other than discoloration that may appear at the treatment site. If larger veins receive treatment, they may become thick and gnarled when they collapse. In some cases, tiny veins may appear at the treatment site. Referred to as neovascularization, the tiny blood vessels don’t pose a problem. Even though they’re visible through the skin, they gradually disappear on their own. After treatment, the area may be tender for a few days after treatment but this dissipates rather quickly.