Sclerotherapy treatments at Laser + Skin Institute
Millions of women are bothered by spider veins – those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.
Our physicians at the Laser + Skin Institute treat spider veins with sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling and night cramps.
Although this procedure has been used in Europe for more than 50 years, it has only become popular in the United States during the past decade. The introduction of sclerosing agents that are mild enough to be used in small veins has made sclerotherapy predictable and relatively painless.
If you’re considering sclerotherapy to improve the appearance of your legs, this document will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed and what results you can expect. It won’t answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances. Please ask one of our physicians if there is anything about the procedure you don’t understand.
Benefits of Laser Vein Reduction
- Removes spider veins
- Proven safe and effective
- No downtime needed
- Veins disappear for good
- Safe for all skin types
Laser Vein Removal Before and After*
The Laser Vein Removal before and after pictures show how effective this treatment is for eliminating spider veins. As with any medical procedure, results may vary.,* However, when your laser vein removal is performed by a reputable professional, you are sure to guarantee the safest and most effective results. Patients living in Chatham, NJ, choose Laser + Skin Institute for their laser vein removal.
How Much Does Laser Vein Removal Cost?
Laser vein removal cost depends on the size and location of the vein. Other factors that affect cost are the number of treatments required to achieve optimal aesthetic goals. During a free consultation with Laser + Skin Institute, you will undergo a complimentary medical assessment. During this you can discuss if laser vein removal is the best solution for your body and aesthetic desires. Once they determine if this treatment is suitable for you, they provide you with a laser vein removal price.
We encourage you to contact us online or call Laser + Skin Institute today at 973-635-5050 to ask about current laser vein removal discounts or promotions. As the leading skin and laser spa in Chatham, we are dedicated to providing exceptional results at the best laser vein removal prices in New Jersey.
Does Laser Vein Removal Hurt?*
While patient experiences vary, most people report laser vein removal treatments are painless.* Some people may experience slight discomfort during the laser pulses. However, our advanced laser technologies minimize client discomfort with many features. Other means to ensure your comfort may be taken prior to and during your treatment.
At Laser + Skin Institute, our main priority is your safety during treatments. Our experienced technicians calibrate laser wavelength carefully to ensure patient safety and comfort. We pride ourselves on creating the most optimal treatment experience for everyone.
Why Choose Laser + Skin Institute?
When you select Laser + Skin Institute, you’re in expert hands. Dr. Lisa Breslauer is a board-certified dermatologist. In addition, she is also a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Most notable of all, she was recognized as a 2017 top doctor by NJ Top Dos.
At our facility, Dr. Breslauer offers a unique combination of knowledge and research activity usually found only in university health centers. As a result, she ensures each patient receives the care they deserve and achieves transformative results.
Laser Vein Reduction Frequently Asked Question
Women of any age may be good candidates for sclerotherapy, but most fall in the 30 to 60 category. In some women, spider veins may become noticeable very early on – in the teen years. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their 40s.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be advised to postpone sclerotherapy treatment. In most cases, spider veins that surface during pregnancy will disappear on their own within three months after the baby is born. Also, because it’s not known how sclerosing solutions may affect breast milk, nursing mothers are usually advised to wait until after they have stopped breastfeeding.
Spider veins in men aren’t nearly as common as they are in women. Men who do have spider veins often don’t consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are usually concealed by hair growth on the leg. However, sclerotherapy is just as effective for men who seek treatment.
Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and your self confidence, but it’s unrealistic to believe that every affected vein will disappear completely as a result of treatment. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Two or more sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results.
You should also be aware that the procedure treats only those veins that are currently visable; it does nothing to permanently alter the venous system or prevent new veins from surfacing in the future.
Before you decide to have sclerotherapy, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your doctor.
Serious medical complications from sclerotherapy are extremely rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified practitioner. However, they may occur. Risks include the formation of blood clots in the veins, severe inflammation, adverse allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution and skin injury that could leave a small but permanent scar.
A common cosmetic complication is pigmentation irregularity – brownish splotches on the affected skin that may take months to fade, sometimes up to a year. Another problem that can occur is “telangiectatic matting,” in which fine reddish blood vessels appear around the treated area, requiring further injections.
You can reduce the risks associated with treatment by choosing a doctor who has adequate training in sclerotherapy and is well versed in the different types of sclerosing agents available. A qualified doctor can help you select which type of sclerosing medication is most appropriate for your needs.
During your initial consultation, your legs will be examined. The physician may draw a simple sketch of your legs, mapping out the areas affected by spider veins or other problems. During the examination, you will be checked for signs of more serious “deep vein” problems, often indicated by swelling, sores, or skin changes at the ankle.
If such problems are identified, the physician may refer you to a different specialist for further evaluation. Problems with the larger veins must be treated first, or sclerotherapy of the surface veins will be unsuccessful.
The physician will ask you about any other problems you may have with your legs, such as pain, aching, itching or tenderness. You will also be asked about your medical history, medications you take, or conditions that would preclude you from having treatment. Individuals with hepatitis, AIDS or other blood-borne diseases may not be candidates for sclerotherapy. Patients with circulatory problems, heart conditions, or diabetes may also be advised against treatment.
It’s important to be open in discussing your history and treatment goals with the physician. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have. The physician will explain the procedure in detail, along with its risks and benefits, the recovery period and the costs. (Medical insurance usually doesn’t cover cosmetic procedures.)
You will receive specific instructions from our staff on how to prepare for your treatment. Carefully following these instructions will help the procedure go more smoothly.
You’ll be instructed not to apply any type of moisturizer, sunblock or oil to your legs on the day of your procedure. You may want to bring shorts to wear during the injections, as well as your physician prescribed support hose, and slacks to wear home.
When scheduling your procedure, keep in mind that your legs may be bruised or slightly discolored for some weeks afterward.
Sclerotherapy of spider veins is a relatively simple procedure that requires no anesthesia, so it will be performed in an outpatient setting at the Laser + Skin Institute office.
A typical sclerotherapy session is relatively quick, lasting only about 30 to 60 minutes. After changing into shorts, your legs may be photographed for your medical records. You will be asked to lie down on the examination table and the skin over your spider veins will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Using one hand to stretch the skin taut, the physician will begin injecting the sclerosing agent into the affected veins. Bright, indirect light and magnification help ensure that the process is completed with maximum precision.
Approximately one injection is administered for every inch of spider vein – anywhere from 5 to 40 injections per treatment session.
During the procedure, you may listen to music, read, or just talk to the physician and her assistant. You will be asked to shift positions a few times during the process. As the procedure continues, you will feel small needle sticks and possibly a mild burning sensation. However, the needle used is so thin and the sclerosing solution is so mild that pain is usually minimal.
Tight fitting support hose may be prescribed to guard against blood clots and to promote healing. You may be instructed to wear the support hose for 72 hours or more.
It’s not uncommon to experience some cramping in the legs for the first day or two after the injections. This temporary problem usually doesn’t require medication. You should be aware that your treated veins will look worse before they begin to look better. You will notice bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites. The bruises will diminish within one month. In many cases, there may be some residual brownish pigmentation which may take up to a year to completely fade. As with all treatments and procedures, please follow the instructions for post treatment care.
Although you probably won’t want to wear any leg-baring fashions for about two weeks, your activity will not be significantly limited in any other way from sclerotherapy treatment. You will be encouraged to walk to prevent clots from forming in the deep veins of the legs. However, during the period of time to complete your treatment program, prolonged sitting and standing should be avoided, as should squatting, heavy weight lifting and “pounding” type exercises, including jogging.
A one month healing interval must pass before you may have your second series of injections in the same site. After each treatment, you will notice further improvement of your legs’ appearance.
Most patients are pleased with the difference sclerotherapy makes. The skin of your legs will appear younger, clearer and more healthy-looking. Often, patients are surprised at the dramatic difference in appearance between a treated leg and an untreated one.
Laser Vein Reduction with Sclerotherapy Near Me
If you live in the Chatham, NJ area and want to learn more about safe and effective laser vein removal with sclerotherapy, contact Laser + Skin Institute. Call us at 973-635-5050 to schedule your free consultation to learn more or reach out to us online. We are the leading provider of Sclerotherapy in the Chatham area.
**Results may vary. We are reputable for complete customer satisfaction for completed treatments. Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. No treatment is promised to provide permanent results. A guarantee is neither provided nor implied. Statements estimating treatment duration and the number of treatments required are based on the typical experience of our patients, however individual experiences may vary.