Sclerotherapy is non-surgical technique used in the treatment of spider and varicose veins. After a hypertonic saline solution is injected into the vessels with a tiny needle, the veins seal themselves off and are absorbed by the body. Since blood flow is redirected toward the many other normal veins, it is not hindered in any way.
Laser vein therapy utilizes the Cutera Coolglide 1064 Nd:YAG laser to treat both superficial facial vessels and larger, darker spider veins on the trunk and extremities. The laser allows treatment is optimal for those who wish to avoid painful injections. Pulses of light are sent through the vein, which causes the blood to coagulate. The vessel is then absorbed into the body and is no longer visible on the skin. The advanced technology of the Cutera laser is safe for all skin types.
Several treatments may be necessary. Slight local swelling and reddening of the treated areas may occur but usually resolve with 24-48 hours. Results may not be apparent for several months.
A careful evaluation by your physician will help you determine if sclerotherpy is right for you.