Dr. Zengo has 12 years of experience treating cosmetic spider veins. We never use painful saline and always identify feeder veins with powerful transillumination mapping.
Are you tired of trying to hide your unsightly varicose veins or unattractive spider veins under a long dress or pants?
Do you avoid wearing shorts or a bathing suit because of how they make you feel?
Are you like millions of women today who avoid the latest styles of clothing because of the appearance of their legs?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. In fact, you share the same frustrations that at least half of the adult female population in the U.S. endures everyday when it comes to their legs.
Sclerotherapy – the Safe Treatment of Abnormal Veins
Sclerotherapy or injection treatment of abnormal veins has been practiced worldwide for decades. In the last 20 years, we’ve seen the greatest advances in Sclerotherapy technique that has made the procedure safer and more effective than ever. Sclerotherapy involves the use of a series of very fine injections of a solution directly into the affected veins. This therapeutic liquid solution causes the affected veins to first seal shut, then collapse and slowly fade away over a few weeks.
This therapy is performed in our office on an outpatient basis with the largest and deeper veins being treated first, followed by the smaller veins. A typical therapy session lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition.
After a few short sessions you will begin to notice that the skin of your legs appears younger, clearer and more healthy-looking as you’re varicose and spider veins begin to disappear. In just a matter of weeks, if you’re like many of my patients who have been wearing long skirts and slacks to hide their leg veins, you’ll now be able to broaden your fashion horizons.
In fact, since Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure, you won’t be left with the scars that result from most surgical procedures and you’ll be surprised at the dramatic difference in appearance between a treated leg and an untreated one.
This is Not The Painful Saline Sclerotherapy Your Mom Had!
Older sclerotherapy treatments were painful. The needles were stiff and the solutions very caustic. Many people had side effects. Now, we have discovered weaker, yet more effective agents that can close the veins nearly painlessly! Also, thinner, more flexible needles are used that are barely noticeable. We have had numerous patients fall asleep during their sclerotherapy treatments!
For the deeper reticular veins, we use illumination to identify and treat the veins that feed the spider complexes. This device is called the Veinlite and results pinpoint accuracy and complete visualization of the treated veins.
Vein Treatment Q & A
A: Sclerotherapy can successfully treat large and small vein problems with both women and men being a good candidate. In fact, studies show 85% of all vein problems can be successfully treated with Sclerotherapy alone. A determination as to how effective Sclerotherapy would be in your case however is best determined after a thorough leg examination. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should postpone Sclerotherapy treatment until you given birth and have stopped breastfeeding. Spider veins in men are not nearly as common as they are in women. However, Sclerotherapy is just as effective for men who seek treatment as well.
A: These treatments are usually not painful and do not require anesthesia. Some patients may experience a slight burning or tingling sensation at the individual injection sites, lasting only a few seconds. For people with extremely sensitive skin, a topical anesthetic can be used over the treatment area before the actual injections are administered.
A: Because there are many veins in the leg, after the affected veins are closed the blood that would have flowed through them simply flows through other healthy veins after the procedure. Therefore, the loss of the diseased vein is not a problem for the body. In fact, Sclerotherapy is not only cosmetic “maintenance” but it also improves circulation, with many patients noticing an improvement in leg heaviness and discomfort because the dysfunctional veins are no longer hindering blood flow.
A: Effectively treated veins should not grow back. However, although Sclerotherapy will get rid of the noticeable veins, it’s important to remember that for some patients, varicose and spider veins are a recurring problem and treatment will not prevent new veins from emerging in other areas in the future. Therefore, to help prevent the formation of new veins, regular exercise including walking, jogging and bicycle riding has been found to promote healthy circulation and also slows the development of new varicose and spider veins. Additionally, diet and lifestyle can also compliment exercise. There are other things you can do to promote good leg vein health, including:
- Maintain ideal body weight
- Eat a high fiber diet to prevent constipation
- Elevate your legs at bedtime (about 6 to 12 inches above the heart)
- Explore natural alternatives, such as Massage Therapy and dietary supplements (vitamins C and E, for instance, may help relieve swelling and other symptoms of poor circulation)
- Avoid crossing your legs
Although these measures are the best defense against the spread or development of new vein problems, we cannot alter the causes of your vein problems nor can we avoid heredity or aging. Therefore, as time passes, you may find that you need “touch-ups” for new veins that surface.
A: Varicose veins generally worsen over time, while spider veins are more cosmetic in nature. Initially, slight pain and restlessness in the diseased leg will be felt. If untreated, this pain can increase, resulting in limitations in walking and cramps during sleeping. Eventually, varicose veins can lead to swollen legs, ulcers on the foot and leg (open sores), blood clots and phlebitis. Therefore, the ideal time for treatment is early so that future complications and possible surgery can be avoided.
A: The number of treatments needed varies greatly from patient to patient and depends on the severity of your condition. On average, at least 3-4 visits are usually required. Almost nobody will benefit from just a single vein treatment. On most occasions, veins are narrowed but not completely closed in the first treatment. The follow-up visits every 3-6 weeks will further close down the veins for good!
A: As mentioned earlier, a typical therapy session lasts about 20 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of your condition. Following a treatment session, most patients immediately return to work and resume normal activities but are asked to wait 24 to 48 hours before heavy lifting or high impact aerobics. After treatment is complete, the treated leg require the use of support stockings, and a mild regimen of walking is recommended.
A: Because Sclerotherapy is non-invasive, serious medical complications are rare when a qualified practitioner performs the procedure. Some common minor complications of these procedures include temporary bruising, mild itching or tenderness in the treated leg after the treatment.
A: Since every condition is different, with some cases being more severe than others, the cost depends on how many treatments are actually necessary for your particular problem. Unfortunately, many insurances consider spider vein treatment as a purely cosmetic procedure and therefore is not usually covered. For your convenience, I have the friendliest staff you will ever meet and they can help you determine whether your insurance plan will cover treatment. In the case of no insurance coverage, our treatments are priced affordably. Ask about 12-month interest-free financing for packages of 4 or more treatments.