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So, what makes a good sclerotherapy candidate?
Are you bothered by spider veins and uncomfortable about baring your legs in shorts, skirts, and dresses? If you answered yes, then you are not alone.
Fortunately, sclerotherapy is a safe and effective way that patients can eliminate existing spider veins, improve their skin, and restore confidence about their appearance.
Continue reading to learn all about this non-surgical procedure and if it’s right for you.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are dilated blood vessels in the legs, lower extremities, or face.
They are caused by diseased or damaged valves, that allow blood to flow backwards and increase venous pressure. Consequently, superficial veins become enlarged and take on a weblike appearance, with red or purple coloring.
What is Sclerotherapy and How Does It Work?
Sclerotherapy is considered the gold-standard for treatment of spider veins. In the hands of a skilled and experienced vein specialist, the non-surgical procedure can eliminate 50-60% of affected veins. What’s more, over 90% of patients respond to sclerotherapy.
The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office and involves injecting targeted spider veins with a chemical solution. Doing so causes the vein to collapse and gradually fade away.
What Makes a Good Sclerotherapy Candidate?
An in-person consultation with a vein specialist is the best way to see if you are a good sclerotherapy candidate.
During this initial meeting, he or she will evaluate your medical history, perform a physical exam, and utilize imaging studies to determine candidacy.
With that being said, sclerotherapy is usually well-suited for healthy adults that have realistic expectations for the treatment and clinical outcomes.
Ideal patients tend to be 30-60 years old and can comply with all pre- and post-procedure instructions. They also understand that although sclerotherapy is extremely effective, it cannot prevent future spider veins.
Finally, sclerotherapy is not recommended for patients that are pregnant, breast feeding, have blood clots or clotting issues, or those that are immobilized/bed-ridden.
Want Additional Information on What Makes a Good Sclerotherapy Candidate?
Contact The Vein Center of Maryland today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced vein specialists.