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“The Skin Artisans team at Edina Plastic Surgery is outstanding! They are professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Best of all, they help you design a comprehensive skin care regimen, not only to achieve immediate results, but to guide you long-term. I highly recommend their services to anyone looking to maintain healthy and beautiful skin!” – Jon P.

Visual Sclerotherapy

Eliminate or reduce the look of spider veins with this minimally invasive and effective treatment method.

The visual sclerotherapy procedure is reserved strictly for spider veins, which are smaller than varicose veins and generally located closer to the skin’s surface. With visual sclerotherapy, our certified staff injects an FDA-approved solution into the problem vein with a very fine needle, causing the vein wall to become sticky. Following the injections, the patient wears prescription-grade compression hose for several days, gluing the vein walls together. This causes the veins to close and be reabsorbed into the body and disappearing over time. The procedure is relatively painless!

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Treatment Process

Micro-injection techniques and solutions such as Sotradecol® and Asclera® have replaced saline injections as the preferred course of treatment. While this procedure is quick, your spider vein treatment may require multiple visits to complete. This minimally invasive procedure requires no incisions, and no down time. No anesthesia is needed. This treatment therapy is effective in smaller diameter veins and the results are long lasting.

Expected Results

Veins tend to fade within a few weeks although it may take up to a couple months to see complete results. You can return to full regular activity, zero exercise for 1 week, right after the procedure.

Post Treatment Vein Health

Exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight and not spending long periods sitting or standing can help ensure vein health.

About Spider Veins

Spider veins are abnormally dilated blood vessels in the skin and are red or blue in color. They may appear on the legs, face, chest, arms and back. Spider veins may or may not be associated with symptoms. Symptoms that may be associated with spider veins include burning, itching and pain.

About Reticular Veins

Spider veins grow from reticular veins. These vessels are deeper in the skin and appear blue or green giving the area a marbled appearance. To effectively treat spider veins, these “feeder” veins are also injected. If left untreated, more spider veins develop and leg discomfort may begin to occur. Likewise, if the even deeper vein (for example, the great saphenous vein) is dysfunctional, its treatment will prevent the growth of more reticular and spider veins.

Causes

A number of factors predispose a person to this condition. These include:

  • Heredity
  • Occupations that involve standing frequently
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause
  • Use of birth control pills
  • Postmenopausal hormonal replacement
  • History of blood clots
  • Conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, such as tumors, constipation, and externally worn garments

Other reported causes include trauma or injury to the skin, previous vein surgery, and exposure to ultraviolet rays.