Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, may be created by genetics, hormonal changes, obesity, blood clots, medications, and medical conditions. They are usually red, purple, or blue and may become easily visible through the skin as they branch out on the legs and face. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Eric Wilkerson performs sclerotherapy to reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the body. A nonsurgical treatment with little downtime needed, sclerotherapy may help you get a more even skin tone that you can show off in short shorts. Schedule a consultation at Fort Lauderdale Dermatology in Fort Lauderdale, FL to get more information about nonsurgical sclerotherapy, as well as other skin services.
Sclerotherapy treatments are a good option for men and women who are bothered by small to medium-sized blood vessels that are visible underneath their skin. Patients without severe underlying vascular disease will receive the best benefits from this procedure. Generally, spider veins are most visible on the lower legs and thighs so affected individuals may avoid wearing shorts, swimsuits, or any other clothes that do not cover these areas. Sclerotherapy patients must be in good general health on the day of their procedure to avoid reactions or complications. Individuals undergoing sclerotherapy should not have a history of blood clots or be pregnant or breastfeeding.
Sclerotherapy treatments will be completed in one of our treatment rooms quickly and without the need for any anesthesia. The blood vessels to be corrected will be marked, and the skin will be cleaned. A fine needle will be inserted into the vein, allowing Dr. Wilkerson to administer the sclerosing solution. After the injection, the needle will be removed and a bandage will be applied to the injection site to stop any minor bleeding. This procedure can be repeated until all spider veins have been treated.
What to Expect
Once your sclerotherapy is complete, you may leave our office when you feel comfortable and able to continue normal daily functions. You may have mild redness, bruising, or swelling in the treated areas. However, these symptoms should fade in a short time. Compression garments may be suggested by Dr. Wilkerson to help your blood circulation following your procedure for faster, better treatment outcomes. It can take a while for the sclerotherapy to show results, but eventually, the treated spider veins should shrink, become white, and then disappear or fade. You may need multiple sclerotherapy sessions to achieve the best results.
Banish Spider Veins
The unattractive spider veins that appear on your body and face can be annoying as they multiply over the years. To find out more about sclerotherapy, contact Fort Lauderdale Dermatology and learn how you can eliminate your concerns. Skilled cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Wilkerson routinely provides sclerotherapy for Fort Lauderdale, FL patients who are bothered by the look of spider veins. He can create a custom treatment plan to meet your needs and go over other services that can help you look and feel more attractive.
*Disclaimer: Treatments may be considered off-label by the FDA.