12.07.2017

Sclerotherapy Vein Varicose Treatment: How Long Before Spider Veins Disappear


 Varicose  Treatment: How Long Before Spider Veins Disappear


You stayed bundled up all winter. Then you graduated to jacket and long pants weather after the last full frost of spring. Now, summer is just around the corner and you're looking forward to "shorts weather!" Your friend invites you to come up for a visit and reminds you she has a pool. You decide you better try on your swimsuit. As you walk to the full length mirror, you notice for the first time a large pattern of spider veins on your leg! Where did those come from!? Chagrined, you immediately call your co-worker to see which varicose vein treatment center she went to for her spider vein treatment. Was it Metro Vein Centers?

Considering the tattoos that people cover their entire body with these days, some people don't mind much the appearance of spider veins. However, others freak out when they see them on their body, especially for the first time. So, when they seek treatment from a varicose vein treatment center, one of the first questions they often ask is, "Will my spider veins disappear immediately after treatment?"

Unfortunately, the answer to this question, if answered honestly, is "No, not entirely, and not for a while" in almost all cases. To understand why, you first need to understand how the type of treatment that is most often used for spider veins actually works. The treatment is called sclerotherapy. First, a sclerorant, or a "sclerosing agent," is injected into the spider veins. This can be a salt solution in liquid form or a salt solution in foam form. Gentle compression is applied to the area where the injection takes place. Sclerotherapy treatment flushes most of the blood out of the spider veins. It also causes the walls of the spider veins to cave in and any remaining tissues and blood clot up or "thrombose." This closes off any remaining parts of the spider veins to blood and the body then has to reabsorb the vessel tissue and any blood that is left. While the area may look different, and perhaps not as noticeable, the visual presence of spider veins does not completely disappear until the body has completely absorbed this remaining tissue and the area has healed.

So, the next question that most people ask their doctor is, "How long will it take for my spider veins to disappear after the sclerotherapy varicose vein treatment?"

The most truthful answer to this very common varicose vein treatment question is "it depends." Doctors always wish they could give exact answers but they don't use a crystal ball to give their answers. Instead, their answers are based on what they've seen in other patients so they are just rough estimates because every person's body is different and every medical situation is unique.

However, having said the above, in most cases, doctors report that the spider veins will completely disappear, or at least mostly disappear, within six to eight weeks after the sclerotherapy varicose vein treatment. It's mostly an issue of "pigmentation" due to the presence of left over vessel material and blood that has not been fully reabsorbed by the body. This is why they are often described as "fading away. The good news too is that it sometimes happens sooner than that.

Now, there is some bad news about the typical six to eight week timeline too. It is fairly common for it to take more than one sclerotherapy varicose vein treatment for ALL spider veins and pigmentation to completely disappear. If this is the case, subsequent treatments are usually spaced out about three to six weeks apart so they doctor (and you) can judge if you actually need or want the next treatment. When this is the case, it may take as much as a few months to six months to completely get rid of your spider veins, even if you are working with one of the top varicose vein treatment centers in the country, like Metro Vein Centers.

There is one more important factor that can affect how long it takes for your spider veins to disappear. Spider veins are often fed by other varicose veins deeper below the surface of the skin, so called "feeder veins." If this is the case, the spider veins may come back, or simply never go away completely, if these deeper feeder varicose veins are not treated as well. In these more complex cases, the varicose vein treatment for the deeper varicose veins may also be sclerotherapy or it may involve other types of treatment like duplex ultrasound guided EVLT. Depending on the overall strategy, and the other varicose vein treatment techniques chosen, this can slow down the process of removing the appearance of your spider veins, at least entirely.

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