Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for smaller varicose veins, spider veins and burst capillaries. Using an injection, the offending blood vessel is scarred and forced to collapse. This reduces or eliminates them entirely and can also eliminate the need for a more invasive procedure such as vein stripping.
The Process of Sclerotherapy
Once you are cleared for treatment, the process of treating your spider veins or burst capillaries is quite simple and straightforward. A syringe loaded with saline and sclerosants will be injected in the offending areas. These agents work together to reroute blood supply through healthy veins and vessels.
The treated veins and capillaries are then reabsorbed by the body and disappear completely within a few weeks. If they don’t disappear entirely, the same area can be treated again later to achieve better results.
Reasons to Consider This Procedure
While most people seek this treatment for aesthetic reasons, there are other conditions that can be helped or eliminated by sclerotherapy. Such conditions include:
- Cramping in the legs, especially at night.
- Swelling, which can lead to feelings of tightness, heaviness or itching.
- An aching sensation, especially after exercise.
While burst capillaries are not usually painful, they can be unsightly.
Be Aware of the Risks
While sclerotherapy is very safe, there are some side effects that you may experience such as bruising and darkening of the skin. Luckily, these side effects usually disappear entirely within a few weeks.
What to Know About the Procedure
No matter where the burst capillaries exist, the same procedure is used to treat them. The skin will be cleaned with alcohol to prevent infection, then the solution is carefully injected into the capillary to cause it to collapse. The syringe is removed, and pressure may be applied to help discourage bleeding and encourage the solution to disperse further into the capillary. You should see the full results within three to six weeks.
Sclerotherapy is an excellent option for treating small spider veins and burst capillaries. If you’re unhappy with such skin imperfections, schedule a consultation with MacMed Spa. As experienced providers, we have helped many with broken capillaries. We will be happy to discuss the options available to you.