Clinical Dermatology

Leg Vein Therapy

Sclerotherapy remains the gold standard for treating unsightly spider veins and small varicose veins on the legs. Redding Derm uses Asclera, the newest, most effective treatment with the highest rate of long term clearance of those stubborn leg veins.

Leg Vein Therapy

Many women are troubled by the appearance of unsightly leg veins, also known as spider veins or varicose veins. Several methods are available to treat and camouflage leg veins. Very large and bulging veins may indicate a problem with the valves of the vein network and generally need to be evaluated with ultrasound to determine if surgical repair of the valve system is required. For more typical visible veins ranging in size from that of a thin pencil to the caliber of a kite string, sclerotherapy is currently considered the treatment of choice.

With one or more sclerotherapy treatments, properly selected patients can expect a 60% to 90% improvement in the cosmetic appearance of the leg veins.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that has been used since the 1930s to treat unwanted, unsightly veins. This procedure involves injection of a sclerosing (hardening) agent directly into the veins through a very fine needle. The solution displaces the blood within the vein, causing the vein to blanche or turn white. The vein then becomes irritated and swells shut, prohibiting blood from re-entering the vein. When the needle is withdrawn, pressure is applied to the area. Sclerotherapy causes the treated veins to disappear or become less obvious, usually fading within three to four weeks.

Depending on the size of the veins and other factors, more than one treatment may be required. Numerous blood vessels can be treated in one session. With one or more sclerotherapy treatments, properly selected patients can expect a 60% to 90% improvement in the cosmetic appearance of the leg veins. The advantage of sclerotherapy is that it causes minimal lifestyle disruption, is virtually painless, is extremely safe, has very few complications, and can be done in our office.

Sclerotherapy vs. Lasers

Lasers have recently been approved for the treatment of leg veins, but unfortunately they do not work as well or as efficiently as sclerotherapy. Different types of lasers are required for different size veins making leg vein treatment impractical. For these reasons, laser treatment of leg veins is less popular than sclerotherapy.

Sunless Tanning Products

In addition to treatment of veins, products have been developed to safely improve the appearance of leg skin. As the skin tans, pigment tends to obscure the varicose veins, making them less visible. Sunlight, however, is harmful to the skin. In light of this, many women opt to use safe sunless tanning agents that add a golden glow to the skin and obscure the leg veins.