Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, may be caused by obesity, genetics, hormonal changes, blood clots, as well as certain medications and medical conditions. They are usually purple, blue, or red and may become easily visible through the skin as they grow in branching patterns on the face and legs. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Kasden offers sclerotherapy to reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the face and body. A minimally invasive treatment with no required recovery period, sclerotherapy can help you get an even skin tone that you can show off in short shorts. Schedule a consultation at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. in Southlake, TX to learn more about nonsurgical sclerotherapy, as well as other cosmetic services.
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"I am a 41yrs old black female and this is my first plastic surgery experience (performed Friday and today is Monday morning). I did my homework on the abdominoplasty procedure for months and scheduled several consultations. I'm so lucky that Dr. Kasden was my first consultation. He literally spent 2 hours with me discussing the procedure and answering my questions. He allowed me to watch a video of his work and he even drew a diagram so that I could better understand the procedure. Sharon, the office manager was just as awesome and personable and she was always available to answer my questions whenever I called. Recovery was tough at first, but Dr. Kasden and the staff at Baylor Hospital in Irving were stellar in being attentive and ensuring my comfort. Not only do I recommend Dr. Kasden for plastic surgery, but I'm already researching my next procedure (I want to transfer my own fat into my breasts). I cant see myself going to another surgeon."- S.P. / Yelp / Jul 08, 2019
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Sclerotherapy is best for patients who have small to medium blood vessels that are visible through the skin of their face and body. Typically, these spider veins are most prominent on the thighs and lower legs, so patients may avoid wearing shorts, swimsuits, or other clothing that don't cover their spider veins. Sclerotherapy patients should be in good general health before their treatment to avoid complications. Patients should not be pregnant or have a history of blood clots.
Sclerotherapy can be performed in one of our treatment rooms quickly and without any anesthesia. The spider veins being treated will be identified and the skin will be sanitized with alcohol. A fine gauge needle will be inserted into the vein and the sclerosing solution will be applied. The needle will be removed and a bandage will be applied to the injection site to stop any minor bleeding. This process will be repeated until all spider veins have been treated.
What to Expect
After sclerotherapy, you will be able to leave to resume all normal activities. You may notice some swelling, redness, or bruising in the treated areas, but this should subside naturally. Compression garments will be recommended by Dr. Kasden to help blood circulation after your treatment for faster, better results. It may take some time for the sclerosing solution to work, but eventually, the treated veins should shrink, turn white, and then fade or disappear. You may need two or more treatments to achieve optimal results, but most patients are pleased with their improvements after one treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does sclerotherapy cost?
The cost of sclerotherapy will vary based on how many veins are treated, the size of the veins, and other factors. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kasden will listen to your concerns and goals before he develops your custom sclerotherapy treatment plan. From there, he can estimate costs and review your payment options.
What's the difference between sclerotherapy and laser vein treatments?
Sclerotherapy injects a special solution into the vein to make is shrink and disappear. Laser vein treatments are noninvasive as light energy is applied to the vein so it coagulates and becomes absorbed by the body. Sclerotherapy is usually better for medium to larger blood spider veins and varicose veins (greater than three millimeters) while laser vein treatments are better for smaller vessels, typically ones in the face.
What's the difference between sclerotherapy and Asclera?
Asclera is a brand of sclerosing solution approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat spider veins and small varicose veins. Asclera is made with polidocanol instead of sodium tetradecyl sulfate,
Can I get sclerotherapy on my hands and face?
Sclerotherapy can improve spider veins, vascular blemishes, broken blood vessels, and varicose veins on your face and hands. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kasden will assess your areas of concern and decide whether sclerotherapy can be used safely to treat the vein. If he feels that sclerotherapy is not a good or safe option, he will discuss your alternatives, like laser vein treatments.
How long should I wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy?
Dr. Kasden or a member of his team will talk to you about how long you should wear compression garments after sclerotherapy. The compression garment is designed to help your blood circulation so the vein remains closed and to minimize bruising. Ideally, you should continue to wear the compression garment after your recovery anytime you are seated for a long time, such as long car rides or on airplanes.
Plan Your Procedure
Banish Spider Veins
The branching spider veins on your face and body can be frustrating as they get bigger over time, so learn more about sclerotherapy at the plastic surgery practice of Scott E. Kasden, M.D. in Southlake, TX to eliminate your problem. Plastic surgeon Dr. Kasden can help you create a custom treatment plan with sclerotherapy and talk about other cosmetic services that will help you look and feel your best.