Sclerotherapy can reduce the appearance of spider veins and smaller varicose veins, as well as minimizing the discomfort they can cause to patients. Sclerotherapy treatment is performed by injecting the problem vein with a sclerosing agent that irritates the vein lining, causing it to constrict and gradually be reabsorbed by the body. This redirects blood flow to other, healthier, veins located deeper beneath the surface skin. Over time, the injected vein will fade.
The procedure can be performed for cosmetic reasons, but it can also reduce aching, swelling, burning and night cramps, which are symptoms of varicose veins
The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Since the injection needle is so small, patients often feel little pain and do not need any anesthesia.
You will be asked to wear compression stockings after your sclerotherapy procedure. These stockings should be worn for approximately three weeks following the procedure.
Following treatment, patients are encouraged to walk regularly to promote proper blood circulation, though they should avoid strenuous athletic activity for a few days following sclerotherapy. Some mild bruising, itching, and swelling at the injection site is to be expected, but other side effects are uncommon and typically short-lasting.
For large varicose veins, procedures like ambulatory phlebectomy or endovenous laser treatment may be more appropriate.
Please schedule a consultation to determine the best treatment option for you.