How Long Do Vein Injections Last? And Other Vein Treatment FAQs
How long do vein injections last?
The term vein injections refers to a minimally invasive procedure known as “sclerotherapy.” During sclerotherapy, the vein doctor injects a sclerosant medicine into spider veins to turn them into scar tissues eventually metabolized by the body. Once the sclerosant medicine is injected into spider veins, it takes approximately 3 weeks for the spider veins to disappear. The spider veins will initially darken and harden, and it might seem like your spider veins are worsening, but they’ll soon get absorbed by the body and fade away from the skin’s surface. The treated veins won’t return — sclerotherapy ensures long-lasting and permanent results.
However, while the same spider veins won’t return, you may develop new spider veins, especially if your vein doctor doesn’t diagnose and treat the root cause of your vein problems. Spider veins are dense clusters of damaged blood vessels that appear on the skin’s surface. They’re usually symptomatic of chronic venous insufficiency, a medical condition wherein the collapse of vein valves leads to backward blood circulation and the accumulation of blood in leg veins. As blood continues accumulating in leg veins, the leg veins dilate and turn into spider veins. Sclerotherapy vein injections treat spider veins — but not the underlying vein disease.
If your vein doctor only treats spider veins without addressing the root cause, there’s a high risk of spider vein recurrence, i.e., new spider veins will appear because the root cause hasn’t been treated. That’s why patients seeking spider vein treatments at medical spas have a high rate of recurrence — medical spas generally only treat spider veins without performing a thorough evaluation. If you have spider veins, you must contact a reliable medical center for vein treatment in California. Your vein doctor must use duplex ultrasound tests to diagnose chronic venous insufficiency and treat the root cause of spider veins — not just the symptoms.
Sclerotherapy vein injections produce permanent results, but a thorough diagnosis and treatment for underlying vein disease will also prevent new spider veins from occurring. Please schedule an appointment to explore your spider vein treatments in California.
How long does it take for vein injections to work?
Sclerotherapy vein injections are extremely simple, in-office procedures. The vein doctor delivers the sclerosant medicine into the injection site or treated area, which takes 15 to 30 minutes, following which you can resume your daily activities. Your spider veins will look darker after the treatment because the sclerosant medicine will turn them into hardened scar tissues. Over time, your body will metabolize the scar tissues and expel them from the body as waste. The entire process may take several weeks. As such, it takes around 3 weeks for vein injections to work, and larger veins may even take 3 to 4 months.
What can you not do after vein injections?
Sclerotherapy vein injections don’t involve major activity restrictions. You can resume most of your daily activities and work immediately after your spider vein treatment, provided you wear compression stockings. You must wear compression stockings to maintain pressure on your vein valves and prevent blood from accumulating in your leg veins, ensuring a smooth and safe recovery process. The following are a few simple aftercare guidelines after sclerotherapy:
- Don’t engage in strenuous physical activities and workouts for one week.
- Don’t lift heavy objects for one week.
- Don’t take hot baths or showers for a week.
- Don’t apply hot compresses on the injection site or treated area for 48 hours.
- Don’t sit or stand still for long periods after the treatment — take short walking breaks often.
Do veins come back after sclerotherapy?
Spider veins can come back after sclerotherapy if you don’t undergo a comprehensive vein treatment. Chronic venous insufficiency is the root cause of spider veins and most other vein problems. If your vein doctor doesn’t identify and treat underlying vein disease before sclerotherapy, you may soon develop new spider veins when blood accumulates in the damaged saphenous veins. However, if the vein doctor identifies and treats the diseased saphenous vein, your spider veins won’t return after sclerotherapy.
How many times can you have sclerotherapy?
Most patients need up to 4 sclerotherapy sessions to remove all spider veins. The number of sclerotherapy sessions will depend on the number of injection sites and treatment areas. The vein doctor must deliver one sclerosant injection into each spider vein, so the total number of injections depends on your unique condition. If you have a lot of densely-packed spider veins, the vein doctor may need to split the treatment into multiple sessions. Most patients don’t need any more than four sclerotherapy sessions for optimal results.
What happens if I don’t wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy?
You must wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy to ensure optimal healing and recovery. Compression stockings are skin-tight garments that apply pressure on your leg veins, push the accumulated blood towards the heart, prevent blood from accumulating in leg veins, and reduce swelling. As such, you must wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy to minimize the risk of vein disease recurrence and harsh side effects. If you don’t wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy, you have a higher risk of vein disease symptoms.
Will spider veins go away after vein ablation?
Endovenous ablation is a minimally invasive procedure for chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of spider veins and varicose veins. During vein ablation, the vein doctor uses thermal energy or laser energy to destroy the diseased saphenous vein responsible for your vein problems, rerouting the accumulated blood into healthier leg veins. Vein ablation doesn’t remove spider veins, but it ensures your sclerotherapy session will lead to long-lasting and permanent results. The procedure concludes in 15 to 30 minutes, involves a negligible risk of allergic reactions, and doesn’t involve any downtime. You may resume your daily activities immediately.
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