Unlike visual sclerotherapy, the doctor injects a solution into the vein with the aid of transilllumination. Transillumination devices use light to illuminate vessels below the skin surface not visualized by the naked eye. These vessels are typically feeder veins to surface spider veins.
This treatment is very effective if done the right way. Most patients can expect a 60% to 80% improvement. Palmetto Vein & Aesthetic Center uses special solutions and injection techniques that increase the success rate for removal of feeder veins. Transilluminated-assisted Sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia, and can be done in the doctor's office.
Possible side effects include:
The treated vein can also become inflamed or develop lumps of old clotted blood called trapping . This is not dangerous. Applying heat and taking aspirin or nonsteroidals can relieve inflammation. Sometimes theses lumps of coagulated blood may be drained with a simple procedure in the office.