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Sclerotherapy Surgery in Jackson, MS

What are spider veins and what causes them?

Spider veins are small veins that appear dark blue or purple on the lower extremities and are particularly prevalent in women.

Causes of spider veins may include hereditary factors, previous pregnancy, hormonal and physical changes and fluctuation in weight. Spider veins are also commonly seen in individuals whose work involves prolonged periods of standing or sitting. 

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the procedure of choice for spider vein treatment. It involves the injection of these tiny vessels with sclerosing agents, which may be hypertonic saline, detergents such as Asclera® (polidocanol) or other chemical irritants. These work by irritating the lining of the vessels and causing the vessel to collapse and fade.

Is sclerotherapy effective?

Sclerotherapy remains the procedure of choice for spider vein therapy. Multiple treatments may be required to obtain the results you desire. Other modalities include the use of a laser or intense pulsed light, and these alternative therapies may be added to your treatment plan to improve the final result.

Is sclerotherapy safe?

Sclerotherapy can be a safe, effective treatment for spider veins. Potential complications include skin ulceration at injection sites, bruising, infection, hyperpigmentation and pain. Allergic reactions to sclerosing agents is rare but has been reported, particularly with larger volume injections. During your consultation, we will discuss sclerotherapy risks and treatment alternatives, and together we will develop a treatment plan suitable to your individual goals.

Is sclerotherapy for everyone?

Sclerotherapy is an excellent treatment of spider veins for those who are healthy, have realistic expectations and are dedicated to compliance with the suggested treatment protocol, which may include repeated injections, the use of compression stockings and alterations in lifestyle (no prolonged sitting or standing, regular walking exerc