What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the injection of a chemical into a vein using a tiny, thin needle which irritates the lining of the vein and causes it to swell shut. The vein turns into scar tissue which is then reabsorbed by the body. When treating spider veins, Dr. Smith and her clinical team begin by treating the root of the vein cluster then treat the spider vein itself. This systematic approach is critical to effective and lasting elimination of spider veins.
While the length of time for each spider vein treatment may vary, it is usually a 30-minute procedure that Dr. Jane Smith or one of her clinical staff performs. While you lie on a table, several injections are given with a methodical, systematic approach to getting rid of your problem veins.
Who is a Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Visual Sclerotherapy is performed when your veins are merely a cosmetic problem, with no underlying abnormal veins.
If Dr. Smith’s evaluation at your consultation shows no evidence of an underlying vein problem, she and her clinical staff will treat the veins that are visible on the surface. In this case, there is no need for ultrasound guidance. However, they might use technology such as Veinlite™ to enhance visualization of the veins that are just below the surface.
Sclerotherapy is minimally invasive, requiring only the use of tiny needles. While results are usually seen within a few weeks, the improvement in appearance is different for every patient both in how many veins are eliminated and how quickly that occurs.
Although multiple treatments are usually necessary, it’s still the treatment of choice for spider veins, whether or not the spider veins have associated symptoms.
There are very few contraindications to sclerotherapy. Pregnancy is an absolute contraindication. Dr. Smith will take a thorough history and will advise you if she does not feel you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
What can I expect after my sclerotherapy?
Dr. Smith and her clinical team perform sclerotherapy in the office. You can leave immediately after your treatment, drive yourself to and from your appointment and resume normal activities that day with Dr. Smith’s permission.
Sclerotherapy improves the flow of blood back to your heart by closing down the abnormal, non-functioning veins and shifting the blood to the healthy veins. Dr. Smith and her clinical team will discuss the details before the treatment, so you’re comfortable with proceeding. Call or book your sclerotherapy appointment online.