Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy or laser. The complete removal of veins is not expected at the first treatment, for optimal results several treatments are required. Both methods are used successfully in our Berlin practice.
Sclerotherapy is suitable for medium blood vessels with more than three millimeters in diameter. A sclerosing solution is injected into the vein with a micro-needle, which gradually shrinks the vein and allows it to disappear.
After the procedure, compression stockings are recommended to compress the veins and maximize the chance of treatment success. There are few or no complaints after this treatment and there is no downtime for the patient.
Please note that you are not a candidate for sclerotherapy if you are pregnant. Even if you have a history of blood clots, you may not be a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Lasers are typically used to treat small to medium sized blood vessels of one to three millimeters in diameter, which typically occur on the face.
During treatment, the eyes are covered so that your cornea and retina are protected from the laser.
A handset is passed over the skin and the laser light is absorbed by the blood, making the vessels lighter, clotting, and absorbed by the body.
There may be some skin redness, bruising and blistering, but these side effects resolve after a few weeks. After a few months they have completely disappeared.
There are few downtimes, but you need to protect the treated areas from sun exposure.
Treatment with laser ablation is better for sensitive areas such as the ankle and easier to use than sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy has proven to be a very safe and popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure for the treatment of varicose veins. If the veins are small and around the ankle or on your face, laser therapy can be a good alternative to sclerotherapy.
Varicose veins differ from veins in that they are often bulging and usually darker in color and larger in size. Varicose veins are not effective with sclerotherapy or laser treatment. As a rule, surgery is necessary for optimal treatment.