Sclerotherapy is currently the most effective minimally invasive treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins. This procedure involves injecting a sclerosant solution into the spider veins, which makes their walls stick together and harden into scar tissues. Once the spider veins are closed, the accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins to restore optimal blood circulation to the heart.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure wherein a medicine called sclerosant is injected into spider veins and small varicose veins. The sclerosant medicine causes chemical damage and makes the spider veins’ walls fuse together. Once the spider veins seal shut, the accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins to restore optimal blood circulation. Meanwhile, the spider veins harden into scar tissues eventually reabsorbed by the body.
During the sclerotherapy procedure, your spider vein doctor in New York will lift your legs and inject sclerosant into the visible spider veins. If your spider veins aren’t visible, they may use vascular imaging technologies to inject sclerosant medication. You only need one sclerosant injection per spider vein. The sclerosant solution will make the lining of the blood vessels collapse, and the unhealthy veins will eventually turn into hardened scar tissues. Meanwhile, the accumulated blood will flow into healthier leg veins to restore optimal blood circulation.
After the sclerotherapy procedure, your vein doctor will apply pressure on your leg veins to prevent blood from pooling in your veins. The entire procedure will conclude within 10 to 30 minutes, following which you can resume your daily activities. You’ll have to wear compression stockings for a few days, but there’s no downtime or extended recovery. You may also have to return for another appointment if all the spider veins can’t be treated in one session.
Is Sclerotherapy Painful?
Sclerotherapy is a painless and comfortable procedure. You might experience a gentle pinch as the sclerotherapy injection enters your skin, followed by mild cramping and burning sensations in the targeted area for a few seconds, but the side effects are mild and fleeting. If you have a large number of spider veins, you might need to return for another appointment.
What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Sclerotherapy Treatment?
The Advantages of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins that doesn’t involve extended preparation, hospitalization, or downtime. Those are some of the most important advantages of sclerotherapy. In fact, the US Department of Health and Human Services (Office on Women’s Health) has expressly stated that sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure performed without any anesthesia.
Our patients also love sclerotherapy because it allows them to proceed with their daily activities and schedule without much interruption. Most of our patients schedule their sclerotherapy sessions during their work lunch breaks. The treatment concludes within 30 minutes, following which you can resume your daily activities immediately. There’s no social or professional downtime.
Cons of Sclerotherapy for Spider and Varicose Veins
All treatments have inherent flaws or limitations, including sclerotherapy. The primary drawback of sclerotherapy is that it’s not suitable for all vein problems. Sclerotherapy works wonders when it comes to spider veins and small varicose veins. But it can’t treat large varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency, the root cause of most vein problems. As such, sclerotherapy is a cosmetic treatment that may have to be combined with other procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, or venaseal.
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