Treatment of spiderveins (sclerosing)

When small vessels and veins create small bluish-red stripes these are known as spiderveins. The size of them can vary from 0.2-2mm. Some people experience a warm feeling and/or smarting pain, but generally there are no symptoms of spiderveins. In most cases they are merely experienced as cosmetically displeasing.
Causes of spiderveins
Spiderveins can arise spontaneously, but it is believed that oestrogen can have some effect since spiderveins are rare in men. Sometimes the causes of spiderveins can be the same as with varicose veins.
Consultation prior to treatment of spiderveins
During the consultation we examine your health and previous health issues. You are examined to see if there are any varicose veins under you spiderveins. Sometimes the presence of varicose veins is the reason for spider veins and these will require treatment first in order to hinder a quick recurrence.
Treatment of spiderveins (sclerosing)

To being with you will have your legs low so that the vessels are full. A needle is gently inserted into the vessels that are to be injected. We use the thinnest needle available, resulting in the feeling of a minimal prick – or none at all. We immediately apply pressure to treated vessels and your leg is bandaged with and elastic bandage. You can walk as usual without problems after your sclerosing.
The solution we use, Aethoxysklerol®, evokes an irritation inside the vessel. If the walls of the vessels are then pressed together these will stick and after some time disappear completely. This process after sclerosing takes between one to three weeks. In order to achieve a good result it is important that the vessel walls are continuously pressed together. This compression is performed by the elastic bandage, which you will receive at the clinic. The elastic bandage it to be worn both day and night for a week.
The injected vessels can become bluish and the injected areas more ugly and distinguished during the first few weeks after treatment before the spiderveins disappear.
Remember you do not see the final result when you take the bandage off for the first time!
If a sclerosing implies several treatment sessions then these are often performed with at least a one week interval. With injectable treatments you do not need to go on sick leave and can live as usual and even handle an active career. The risk for complications is very small and the treatment leaves no ugly surgery scars.
Possible complications of sclerosing
The solution which is injected becomes inactivated by blood and is ineffective when it reaches the large blood vessels. Serious side effects of the solution are therefore very rare. Temporary localised side effects (minutes-hours) can occur and are hair raising, redness and itching. A few days after the injections you may feel tenderness and slightly harder areas in the injected area, this is a sign that the sticking process has begun.
In a few cases (less than 5%) a brown pigmentation of the injected skin area can occur. The pigmentation is caused by a small amount of blood outside of the vessel. This pigmentation will generally disappear within a year, as the skin is naturally renewed.