Sclerotherapy is a procedure designed to treat spider veins and some cases of varicose veins. Below is some information to help you determine whether you may benefit from this procedure.
Definition of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive vein treatment that involves a series of targeted injections. The goal of this treatment is to reduce the appearance of abnormal veins and/or alleviate associated symptoms.
How it Works
During a sclerotherapy procedure, a trained vascular surgeon uses a thin needle to inject a sclerosing solution into each of the patient’s abnormal veins. This solution irritates the walls of the veins, causing them to swell and stick together. Eventually, the vein is absorbed by the patient’s body, and it will no longer be visible. For larger veins, ultrasound guidance may be used to help the surgeon visualize the vein’s location.
What to Expect
After the procedure, you will be able to resume normal activities immediately. Your doctor will instruct you to wear compression stockings temporarily in order to improve the results of the treatment. You may notice some itching, swelling or bruising near the treatment area in the days following the procedure.
Sclerotherapy does not produce immediate results. Instead, the results of the procedure will appear gradually during the following weeks. For spider veins, you may notice a significant difference in as little as three weeks. However, larger varicose veins may not respond for three to four months. Keep in mind that some patients require more than one treatment in order to achieve optimum results. You may also require additional treatments if new spider veins or varicose veins develop near the treatment area.
What Are My Other Options?
Sclerotherapy is not the only option available to patients with spider veins or varicose veins. Other treatment options include:
- Transdermal laser treatment – For patients with spider veins, transdermal laser treatment is a viable alternative to sclerotherapy. This procedure is non-invasive and utilizes laser energy.
- Endovenous laser treatment – Endovenous laser treatment is an appropriate treatment options for patients with varicose veins that are large and/or located deep within the tissues.
- Ambulatory phlebectomy – For patients with superficial varicose veins, ambulatory phlebectomy can provide an immediate relief from symptoms.
How to Learn More
If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy, please call Metro Vein Centers today to make an appointment.