At a Glance
Veinlite guided sclerotherapy allows the physician to see veins below the skin’s surface, even those that may not be visible to the human eye. This procedure is indicated for superficial spider veins and feeder vessels. Desired results may take up to two months to fully appear. Risks and side effects for this procedure are rare
Veinlite guided sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive form of sclerotherapy in which the Veinlite guides the physician to the source of superficial spiders. The Veinlite transilluminates veins below the skin, even vessels which may not be visible to the human eye, allowing Dr. Hyde to accurately map out the course of feeder vessels prior to injecting the spider veins. Feeder vessels are typically blue-green in color and are called reticular veins. Some feeder vessels can originate 4-8 inches away from where the spider is presented on the surface. Locating and closing all feeder vessels is a critical part of treating spider veins and ensuring that they do not recur.
Similar to ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, Veinlite sclerotherapy allows the physician to more accurately assess the damaged veins and inject the solution into precisely the right place to close the vein. However, Veinlite sclerotherapy is used for surface feeder vessels instead of deeper sources of reflux.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
Veinlite guided sclerotherapy provides accurate treatment for superficial spider veins and their feeder vessels. Since it cannot see very deep beneath the surface, it is not indicated for treating spiders resulting from deep feeder vessels.
Am I a Candidate?
Veinlite guided sclerotherapy is indicated when patients have superficial spider veins with feeder vessels near the skin surface. Patience is important during the course of treatment, as desired results for sclerotherapy patients can take approximately two months to become clear. At first the injected vein may begin to look darker than it did originally, but this darkness typically fades within a week. Veinlite guided sclerotherapy, like other forms of sclerotherapy, may involve many sessions depending on the severity of your vein problems.
Recovery for Veinlite guided sclerotherapy is much the same as conventional sclerotherapy. Patients are typically able to move about directly after the procedure and return to normal activity after 24 hours. Compression bandages or stockings will be employed to aid in circulation. A short period of elevation may be required, but afterwards the patient should use regular walks and exercise to help promote vascular flow and prevent blood clots in untreated veins.
Blood clots and scabs will form on the inside of the treated vein as a result of the procedure. As a result, lumps may begin to appear under the skin. The lumps should fade as your body breaks down the scabs. You may experience discoloration or tenderness as the scabs heal.
Complications are minimal when Veinlite guided sclerotherapy is performed by an experienced vein specialist. Risks include those associated with conventional sclerotherapy, which are discoloration of the vein under the skin, bruising or inflammation at the injection site, and allergic reactions from ingredients in the solution. Matting can also occur, which is a phenomenon where your body forms lots of tiny blood vessels around the injection site. Matting will usually resolve on its own, but sometimes requires additional injections to relieve.