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Make spider veins a thing of the past! Gilchrist Aesthetic and Medical Dermatology offers leg vein treatments to eradicate unsightly spider veins safely and thoroughly with a minimally invasive procedure.

Spider veins are small dilated blood vessels which usually appear on the legs. Although spider veins are not harmful to your health, they frequently cause people to be self-conscious when wearing shorts or bathing suits. Spider veins are not needed for your circulation, so they can be safely eliminated with a procedure called sclerotherapy.

How does it work?

The severity of the leg veins is a determining factor in how many treatments the patient will need. Nevertheless, our approach is proven effective without the use of invasive surgeries.

Dr. Gilchrist offers sclerotherapy, the injection of a sclerosing agent into the veins. The agent, which is called Asclera®, causes irritation inside of the vein so that it closes off and will no longer be visible.

Although lasers are used to treat red spider veins effectively on the face, they are less successful when treating the legs. Sclerotherapy is still considered the gold standard of treatment for spider veins on the legs.

Learn how Gilchrist Aesthetic and Medical Dermatology can help you alleviate unsightly leg veins.

Call us at (760) 230-2537.

What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat spider veins on the legs. It involves the injection of a solution into the veins. This solution causes the lining of the veins to become inflamed. This inflammation leads to scarring of the vessel, which the body then reabsorbs over a period of 4-6 weeks.

How is sclerotherapy performed?
Sclerotherapy is performed with polidocanol, which is injected directly into the undesired veins on the legs with a very fine needle. Dr. Gilchrist uses the thinnest possible needles, so even patients who are afraid of needles are usually able to tolerate the procedure quite well.

How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required varies depending on the number of spider veins each patient needs treated. Appointments should be scheduled at least 6 weeks apart in order for the full effect of each treatment to be seen. Usually 50-60% of the veins injected disappear after a treatment. Once reabsorbed by the body, these veins do not reappear. However, because spider veins are partly a genetic condition and partly dependent on activity such as prolonged standing, new blood vessels may appear over time. Many patients return for a touch up visit every 2-5 years.

Is there any recovery time?
Following sclerotherapy you will be able to drive yourself home and resume regular activities. Walking is encouraged, but other exercising should be avoided for 3 days after sclerotherapy. You will be instructed to wear medical grade support stockings for 1 week following the procedure in order to achieve maximal results.

Uncomplicated spider vein (<1 mm) treatment* with Asclera®

Reticular vein (1-3 mm) treatment*
with Asclera®

Spider vein treatment* and reticular vein treatment* with Asclera®

*Results at 26 weeks after treatment. Individual results may vary depending on varicose vein severity, disease progression, skin tone, and number of treatments. Photos: patients from the EASI study.

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