Hand and Face Sclerotherapy
As we age, the veins in our hands can appear larger and more prominent. In some cases these veins can appear unsightly. Some people can also have prominent spider veins on the face. Facial spider veins are typically caused by certain medical conditions or from years of sun exposure. Fortunately, we can treat these highly visible veins using sclerotherapy.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure we use to treat bad veins. It is considered the gold standard for treating veins in the hands and face. The procedure involves injecting a sclerosant solution directly into the bad veins, causing them to collapse. It is a quick procedure that we handle in the comfort of our office.
How Does It Work?
We start by applying an alcohol solution to the treatment area, which will help us better see the spider and reticular veins. We then use a tiny needle to inject a sclerosant solution into the bad veins. This solution causes the vein to scar and collapse, rerouting blood flow to healthier veins. Eventually the collapsed vein is broken down and reabsorbed by your body. Some veins may require several injections depending on their size and type.
What Happens After Treatment?
After treatment, we may apply tape or bandages to the injection points in the hands. Facial treatments usually require nothing. Make up may be worn afterwards as well. You can return to normal activities the same day. Some patients may experience bruising or discomfort in the hands, but ice packs and anti-inflammatory drugs will alleviate these symptoms.