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Sclerotherapy is often the preferred treatment for small varicose and spider veins.
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tired of unsightly and bulging veins?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and gradually fades.
Liquid sclerotherapy delivered by precise injection by our board certified physician, Dr. Donna D’Alessio, is the spider vein treatment method most commonly recommended by vein experts. By injecting tiny amounts of a medication named polidocanol into the targeted spider veins, these veins constrict and eventually disappear entirely. Most patients feel only minimal discomfort, and side effects of the medication itself are quite rare. After wearing compression stockings for a few days, many patients are back to normal with dramatic results.
- Effective in as little as 2-4 treatments
- Little to no down time
- Combinable with other vein procedures
- Conducted in a comfortable, luxury medical setting
Sclerotherapy treats the following conditions
Spider veins are small veins that are red, purple or blue and resemble spider webs.
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins. Any veins in the body may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet.
Chronic Vein Insufficiency
Chronic vein insufficiency occurs the valves in the veins are not working properly.
Sometimes venous insufficiency can lead to leg swelling, pain and cramping (also known as restless leg syndrome).
Before treatment, you will meet with Dr. D’Alessio to determine if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is often done for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of varicose, spider veins, and can also improve other symptoms in patients such as night cramps, swelling, burning, and aching legs.
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure. You’ll enter one of our premier treatment rooms and lie down on your back with your legs slightly elevated. After sanitizing the area to be treated with alcohol, your doctor will use a fine needle to slowly insert the sclerotherapy solution to the vein. The liquid solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell shut and block the flow of blood.
Sclerotherapy is often painless, especially when administered by a board-certified vein expert like Dr. D’Alessio. It’s possible that you may feel minor stinging or cramps when the needle is inserted into the vein. If any solution leaks from the vein into surrounding tissue, some patients may experience brief pain, which is normal in these situations.
Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take six week to a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed. Conservatively, there is about a 50-75% improvement each time. Most patients require 2-4 treatments or a combination with other types of treatment for full results.
It depends. Insurance coverage for sclerotherapy varies based on the cause of your vein disease. If your varicose veins are causing medical problems such as swelling or pain, then your insurance may offer reimbursement. If you are pursuing sclerotherapy for cosmetic purposes only, your insurance carrier most likely will not cover the procedure. Our team can help you determine your payment options during your consultation.
There is little to no downtime, and many of our patients return to their normal activity the same day. Patients should wear compression stocking for three days following the procedure. A follow-up visit within two weeks to enable the evacuation of blood clots in larger veins can improve the prognosis and the appearance.
Many return to work the same day.
Some side effects that may occur at the site of the injection include:
- Raised red areas
- Small skin sores
- Darkened skin in the form of lines or spots
- Multiple tiny red blood vessels
- Discoloration, rope feeling
These side effects usually go away within a few days to several weeks. Some side effects can take months or even years to disappear completely.