Does Sclerotherapy Work on Arms and Hands?
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for spider and varicose veins. In fact, due to its efficacy, ease, and minimal risk, sclerotherapy is the most commonly used treatment for spider and varicose veins.
With spider and varicose veins' association with the lower limbs, you may wonder if sclerotherapy is used for the legs and if there is another treatment for spider and varicose veins that appear on the arms and hands. However, rest assured, sclerotherapy can also help reduce the appearance of, if not eliminate, spider and varicose veins on the arms and hands.
What Are Spider and Varicose Veins?
Before exploring how sclerotherapy treats spider and varicose veins, it can be helpful to understand what they are.
These are damaged veins that develop when the vein undergoes damage to valves that ensure blood flows in one direction. When these valves are damaged or weakened, blood can accumulate within the vein, leading to the misshapen, and discolored appearance common with spider and varicose veins.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy aims to help your body remove spider or varicose veins by injecting a solution directly into the spider or varicose vein. Over the course of weeks, the solution prevents blood flow by making the vein walls swell and stick together.
Your body recognizes this dysfunctional vein and steadily breaks it down over time.
Is Sclerotherapy For Arms and Hands Different for Legs?
Sclerotherapy for the arms and hands functions similarly to the legs. The only difference might be if the spider or varicose veins on your arms and hands are smaller, then they may take less time to be treated than spider or varicose veins on the legs.
Find Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment in the Florida Keys
While sclerotherapy is an effective and popular treatment that many can administer, make sure you work with a board-certified dermatologist to ensure proper results and minimize risks.
With board-certified dermatologist Dr. Stefanie Altmann, Keys Dermatology has been serving the Florida Keys community for over two decades.
With three convenient locations in the Keys, two in Key West and one in Islamorada, exceptional care is nearby. For spider or varicose vein treatments at Keys Dermatology, schedule a consultation today by calling 305-664-8828. Dr. Altmann and her team are ready to provide effective treatments and compassionate care.