All About Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is an effective and minimally-invasive treatment that can reduce the appearance of abnormal veins and alleviate associated symptoms. If you are interested in this type of treatment, consult the information below to learn more.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat abnormal veins that are causing embarrassment and/or discomfort for the client. During this procedure, a vascular surgeon injects a sclerosing solution directly into the affected veins using a small, thin needle. This solution irritates the lining of the veins, causing them to collapse and fade from view over time.
The needles used in sclerotherapy injections are incredibly small, so the pain you will experience during the procedure is minimal. After the procedure, patients won't experience much discomfort and can typically return to their normal activities immediately. This procedure can be performed with or without ultrasound guidance, depending on the type of veins being treated.
What Results should I Expect?
Immediately after the procedure, the treated veins may appear darker and more prominent than they were before. You may also experience some mild bruising and swelling around the treated area. However, over the next several weeks or months, these veins will gradually become less visible, and any associated symptoms will resolve. Results will appear more quickly for smaller veins.
In many cases, one session will be sufficient to eliminate the treated veins. However, additional sessions may be required if new veins appear in the future.
What Veins can be Treated with Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is appropriate for spider veins, as well as smaller varicose veins. Larger varicose veins may respond better to other treatments, such as endovenous laser therapy or micro-phlebectomy. Some larger varicose veins may be effectively treated with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.
How do I Learn More?
If you are interested in sclerotherapy or a related treatment for abnormal veins, contact the Vein & Vascular Institute to learn more about treatment or to schedule a consultation with a vascular surgeon.
Category: Vein Treatment