Spider and varicose veins are an embarrassing and often painful condition that affects millions of men and women as a result of heredity, pregnancy, and hormones. These affected veins appear on the leg as a raised, tangled and unattractive web under the surface of the skin. Women are most often affected by this condition and as a result may be embarrassed to wear shorts or show their legs.
While spider and varicose veins have been successfully treated for years through conventional methods such as stripping and ligation, these procedures often cause pain and other unwanted symptoms during and after treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic procedure that can effectively reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins through a series of injections of a solution into the veins. The sclerotherapy solution reduces and removes the varicose or spider veins while re-routing the blood to other, healthier veins. Overtime, the appearance of the treated veins will typically diminish and fade back to a normal, even skin tone. Depending on your cosmetic goals and needs, several treatments may be required to achieve optimal results. Schedule a consultation with one of the skin care professionals at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology in San Francisco to learn more about sclerotherapy and your treatment options.
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"Dr. Andrea Hui is a very well trained surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist. She provides excellent care and is very committed to her patients. I would recommend her to all my friends and family."- M.L. / Yelp / Oct 24, 2017
"This review is about Dr Hui- the only person I trust with my face. She is kind and generous with her time, and has an eye for detail. She patiently listened to all my concerns before the procedure and I always leave her office not just looking my best but feeling my best too! Thank you Dr Hui. Cheers, Hillel-"- H.S. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2017
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"For more than a decade, I've been suffering severe acne and its scarring. I tried multiple over-the-counter medication and department-store skincare, but none of them are working. Finally, end of 2016, I decided to ask for professional help. I carefully searched ALL dermatologists across Bay Area. I've read customer reviews and looked for recommendations. Finally, I decided to choose Dr. Hui, based on positive reviews, current skin-technology, and personalized treatments-tailored to patients' skin. If I have to summarize it in a sentence: I am VERY GLAD choosing Dr. Hui and her staff. 9 months after seeing her, my skin is clearer, brighter and smoother. I usually shy away from group pictures or wefie (I am barely do selfie), but lately I am happy with my friends' wefie pictures- my skin looks much better. My friends start complementing my skin, and of course my confidence is up. If I can leave few tips, here they are: 1) Skincare takes time. Wrt to skin, it is not instant. It is like going to gym or diet, it takes time to gain muscle/lose weight. Of course, we can go to extreme gym activities or diet, the result might be instant, but the full circle might come sooner too. 2). Be honest and bring your expectation with dermatologist (in this case, Dr. Hui). She will work with you and for you. That includes fees, timeline, expected/unexpected results, upcoming work/personal trips, etc. 3). Be patience & follow Dr Hui's instructions and suggestions. If I haven't follow them, and fast-forward it to the following 3 months treatment, most likely my skin would not great and get worse."- E.L. / Yelp / Oct 11, 2017
What to Expect
Before beginning a series of sclerotherapy treatments at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology one of our medical professionals may treat a “test spot” of spider veins. The injections feel like a pricking sensation. Since this is a minimally-invasive treatment, patients require little to no downtime following the procedure, with most patients able to return to normal activities within twenty-four hours of receiving their sclerotherapy treatment.
To aid in healing and comfort following their sclerotherapy treatment, patients will be advised to wear compression stockings for the first one to two weeks following their treatment. Most patients will see visible results about two to three weeks after the procedure. However, maximum results usually take up to six weeks to fully develop. Sclerotherapy can improve the appearance of the legs by seventy percent, depending on the level and extensiveness of the patient's individual condition. Follow up treatments or other methods, such as vascular laser, can be combined with sclerotherapy can boost results even further.
Plan Your Procedure
Restore Your Appearance
Sclerotherapy is an effective vein removal procedure, recommended by our board-certified dermatologists at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology. This procedure uses precision to target varicose and spider veins so most patients can see an improved appearance after just one session. If you are tired of hiding or covering up unsightly veins, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our San Francisco office to determine the optimal treatment method that will address your needs and help achieve your desired results.