Eliminating unwanted veins
WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic procedure for the elimination of asymptomatic and unwanted veins for patients. Cosmetic sclerotherapy involves the use of injections of small amounts of solutions to irritate the vein walls and achieve the ultimate closure of the vein.
HOW DOES VEIN THERAPY/SCLEROTHERAPY WORK?
The sclerotherapy process consists of an injection directly into the vein. The solutions used irritates the lining of the veins which causes them to collapse in on themselves and clot. This dramatically reduced the size and appearance of the vein, and over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades.
The procedure itself only takes about 15 to 30 minutes, making it incredibly convenient for many patients.
DOES SCLEROTHERAPY HURT?
There is some mild discomfort involved with vein therapy procedures. Patients can expect to feel some mild discomfort and cramping for a couple minutes. And depending on the size of the vein, the discomfort could be a bit more prolonged. But the pain does not last.
After the procedure, patients can expect to experience some mild itching, raised bumps, and bruising. But these are all temporary.
VEIN THERAPY RESULTS: HOW LONG AND DO THEY LAST?
With our sclerotherapy services, patients can expect to see results within a few weeks. 4 to 6 weeks after treatment, most patients should see all or most of their spider veins disappear from view. For Varicose veins, results should appear 3 to 4 months post-procedure.
Another added benefit of sclerotherapy is that the treatment is permanent – veins that are treated do not reappear. However, new veins may develop which will require additional treatments.
In general, the sclerotherapy procedure is an excellent choice as long as you aren’t pregnant or have a history of blood clots in the treatment area. Most vein specialists prefer sclerotherapy for spider veins over laser treatments, particularly on the legs.
After cleansing the area, your provider will use a very fine needle to inject the solution into the affected vein(s).
After the provider administers the sclerosing agent, it will damage and scar the inside lining of the vein. This process is painless, so you won’t feel any of it as the vein ultimately collapses.
A topical numbing agent may be used in patients but is not necessary. If you are allergic to topical anesthesia, you can still receive sclerotherapy without numbing.