Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that may be the first sign of venous insufficiency. This network of red and blue lines can occur on any area of the body, but are most common on the upper and lower legs. The veins may be accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms like pain and heaviness, but for most patients, they are primarily a cosmetic concern. Fortunately, there are effective treatment options available for spider veins today.
Liquid sclerotherapy continues to be the top choice in treatments for eliminating spider veins. The procedure involves injections of a saline solution directly into veins, which causes them to seal together and eventually collapse from view entirely. Needles used for the procedure are very small, so discomfort to the patient is minimal. Blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby and any symptoms that accompanied the spider veins typically dissipate after treatment.
Dr. Piano and his staff perform liquid sclerotherapy in his Chicago office on East Washington Street. The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes to complete, involves minimal pain and often requires no anesthesia. However, topical anesthetic can be applied for patients who are concerned about their comfort level during the procedure. The best candidates for liquid sclerotherapy are those who have small spider veins and networks close to the surface of the skin.
Patients at our clinic will be asked to elevate the legs for a number of hours after the procedure, and wear compression stockings for several days. Walking is highly encouraged, to promote healthy blood flow through the other veins and aid the healing process. Normal activities may be resumed right away, although Dr. Piano advises his patients to refrain from strenuous exercise for a day or two.
Patients may require more than one session of liquid sclerotherapy to achieve desired results. Patients will see spider veins begin to disappear in approximately four to eight weeks, with full results around four to six months after treatment. Results vary from patient to patient, based on the severity of the vascular condition.
Liquid sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that has helped many of Dr. Piano’s patients say “Goodbye” to unsightly and painful spider veins for good. Some medical insurance companies cover this procedure, when it is recommended for medical reasons (when additional symptoms are present). Sclerotherapy for strictly cosmetic reasons is usually not covered. If you would like more information about this procedure, contact our office at (312) 929-4265.