Sclerotherapy

This effectively treats varicose and spider veins.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting the solution directly into the vein, causing the vein to collapse and blood to reroute to healthier veins. This procedure is often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy treats varicose and spider veins. It is the treatment of choice for those small spider veins that can be annoying. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The solution causes the vein to scar and forces blood to reroute to other veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

There are some instances where several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed, but generally treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks.

Sclerotherapy is often done for cosmetic purposes and to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins. It is also done to improve symptoms like aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps.

There are few side effects with sclerotherapy. You may have some bruising or raised red areas at the site of injections. These typically fade with time.

Before the procedures, you will have your involved veins evaluated to check for the best procedure. You will also be asked about your medical history and if you have any heart conditions or a history of blood clots. If you take medications or supplements let the therapist know; medications like Advil, Aleve, blood thinners or even iron supplements might cause problems.

The most common areas for spider veins to develop are on your legs and feet. However, depending on the size of the damaged veins, sclerotherapy can be used to treat spider veins in the thighs, calves, ankles, feet and at the sides of the nose on your face.

There is little to no downtime associated with sclerotherapy, and you can return to your everyday projects almost immediately. You might be asked to wear compression socks but take them off at night. Avoid aerobic exercises for a couple of days.

 

 

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