Tired of the unsightly varicose or spider veins on your legs? Do you wear long pants even in the warmest weather to cover them up and save you from embarrassment? We can help!
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure we use to eliminate varicose and spider veins. It involves an injection of a (saline) solution directly into the vein, which agitates the lining of the blood vessel, resulting in a clot. Eventually, the vessel turns into scar tissue and disappears.
The solution is typically injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, the patient may experience minor discomfort and cramping for a couple of minutes, especially with larger veins. The procedure is performed in our office and normally takes just 15 to 30 minutes and depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the overall medical condition of the patient.
Before the procedure, patients should avoid certain medications and disclose all medicines they are currently taking. Following sclerotherapy, patients are typically able to drive home and resume regular daily activities. Some walking is recommended and encouraged.
Following the procedure, patients are instructed to wear support hosiery to compress the treated vessels. Department store support stockings are not adequate if a heavy compression stocking is needed. We can recommend a place to purchase heavy compression stockings if needed.
In general, spider veins respond in three to six weeks, and larger varicose veins respond in approximately three to four months. If the veins respond positively to the treatment, they will not reappear, but new veins can appear at the same rate as before. If needed, you may return for follow-up injections to maintain the results.
Studies have shown that as many as 50%-80% of injected varicose and spider veins can be eradicated with each session of sclerotherapy. If you are interested in learning if it can improve the appearance of your legs, call our office today to schedule a confidential consultation.