Sclerotherapy is considered to be the most effective and proven nonsurgical solution to treat spider veins. During the pre-treatment consultation, the provider will inform the patient on the various steps involved in the injectable procedure.
At this time, patients should unhesitatingly ask any questions and raise any concerns that they may have regarding the treatment.
Upon attaining an understanding of the sclerotherapy procedure, the patient will usually feel more assured and be able to make a judicious decision on the procedure. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman provides spider vein treatments to patients in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and surrounding communities.
The pre-treatment consultation process constitutes an important part of the spider vein treatment procedure. A good consultation forms a strong foundation for an effective procedure.
During the consultation, the patient gets an opportunity to comprehend the procedural steps and get a thorough understanding of the treatment provider’s background. On the other hand, the provider will be able to establish the patient as a candidate for sclerotherapy or another procedure at the time of the consultation.
The provider may show sclerotherapy before and after images of previous patients to the new patient to enable them to develop realistic expectations from the treatment.
In addition, the patient may also see testimonials of previous patients to understand this in-office procedure from the point of view of another patient. The provider will also offer the patient a cost estimate as well as inform them of the payment options available to them.
The vein specialist will examine the spider veins and evaluate the personal aesthetic requirements and goals of the patient during the initial consultation. On the basis of this evaluation, they can develop an individualized treatment plan. This plan typically involves only sclerotherapy, but may also include a combination of procedures at times.
The vein treatment provider will assess the medical records of the patient, including their history of vascular issues (if any). The information collected during the consultation will allow the provider to recommend the most suitable treatment plan for a patient.
Administering the Sclerotherapy Injections
Sclerotherapy may involve one of the three below mentioned injection techniques:
- Liquid sclerotherapy
- Foam sclerotherapy
- Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy
Along with sclerotherapy, the treatment provider may recommend other advanced procedures such as endovenous laser treatment and ambulatory phlebectomy, depending on the complexity of a specific case.
If the spider veins are tiny, the vein expert may recommend Liquid sclerotherapy. In this procedure, the provider will cautiously inject a medicated solution directly into the problematic veins via tiny needles. Since these veins are visible on the surface of the skin, the treatment provider can easily identify and treat them.
If the patient has spider veins along with a few varicose veins, foam sclerotherapy may be an effective solution. For this procedure, the provider develops a specialized foamy solution by mixing it with air or another gas. This solution is strong and can remove larger sized veins.
In case the spider veins are embedded beneath the surface of the skin, the provider may recommend ultrasound guided sclerotherapy.
The treatment provider may prescribe a cream or gel to expedite the healing of minor bruises. For the initial one or two days after the injectable treatment, the patient may use an ice pack on the treated area.
They should avoid vigorous exercises and strenuous activities for a day or two after the treatment. Plastic surgeon Dr. Bram Kaufman receives patients from Beachwood, Pepper Pike, Cleveland, OH, and nearby areas for spider vein treatment.