Transilluminated Sclerotherapy

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:

  • Temporary stinging or painful cramps where the injection was made
  • Temporary red raised patches of skin where the injection was made
  • Temporary small skin sores where the injection was made
  • Temporary bruises where the injection was made
  • Spots around the treated vein that usually disappear
  • Brown lines around the treated vein that usually disappear
  • Groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein that usually disappear

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.