Spider veins are characterized by clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that typically show up on the thighs, calves, and ankles. Approximately half of the adult female population experiences spider veins—but although it’s common, that doesn’t make it any less annoying to deal with. 

Sclerotherapy for

Spider Vein Reduction

At Beautify at AMS in Chicago, spider vein reduction has never been easier. For over 150 years, a technique known as sclerotherapy has been utilized to treat unwanted spider and reticular veins on the body. Sclerotherapy uses micro-injections of a specialized solution (hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecyl sulfate) to injure the inside of the blood vessel. This causes the blood vessel to clot over time and eventually shrink. The blood vessel is then replaced with your own tissue, improving the appearance of the skin. 

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Sclerotherapy vs. Lasers

Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard for the treatment of spider veins, and is even considered superior to lasers. This is because it addresses the root of the issue and actually stops “feeder veins” from causing more spider veins and/or larger varicose veins to develop. However, laser skin treatment is often used as an adjunctive therapy to sclerotherapy to enhance results.

What to Expect During Spider Vein Reduction

Although you will see considerable improvement after just one treatment, only a certain amount of the solution can be safely injected during each session and therefore multiple treatments will be needed to see the most dramatic spider vein reduction. At first, the larger blue veins will be treated with a series of injections scheduled 3-4 weeks apart. After these injections, you will need to wear a compression garment or stockings for 7-10 days following treatment. After your first series of injections, the smaller-sized blue and red veins will be addressed. After these sessions, the compression garment or stockings will need to be worn only for 2-3 days. 

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After Treatment

There isn’t significant downtime associated with sclerotherapy. Some patients have bruising and/or scabbing in the treated area. Although we recommend walking following your appointment, high intensity activities should be avoided for 3-5 days.  

What Risks are Involved in Sclerotherapy?

  • It’s of the utmost importance to only work with a medical professional who is highly experienced in sclerotherapy injections and the correct amount to administer.
  • Women who are pregnant or who are planning on becoming pregnant should not undergo sclerotherapy injections. 
  • Occasionally, a shadowy brown lesion may appear where the old blood vessels were. This happens when blood gets into the surrounding tissue as the blood vessel is fading away. These types of lesions may take months to fade if they develop. 
  • Sometimes matting may occur. This is when new blood vessels develop as the old ones fade. If this happens, it can often be treated with lasers.
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Spider Vein Reduction in the Chicago Area

You deserve to love every inch of your body, and our team at Beautify at AMS can help. We are a full-range medical spa and board-certified plastic surgery center serving the Chicago area and beyond. We offer a one-stop shop for cosmetic concerns, striving always to deliver exceptional results and a good experience for our patients. Patients are treated like family at our high-end, boutique-style, results-driven med spa, and we invite you to discover the possibilities during a consultation. Whether you're in or near Chicago, spider vein reduction at Beautify at AMS just may be your next step to getting the body you've always wanted.

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