For larger spider veins, sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” of treatments. It is a quick, minimally invasive procedure that effectively treats the damaged veins. Through a series of injections, Dr. Shah is able to treat your spider veins from the comfort of an in-office setting. Eliminate unsightly veins with sclerotherapy today and start enjoying the benefits of clear skin again. Contact our vein center to make your appointment now.
Sclerotherapy is a technique, which involves the use of a very fine needle to inject a solution (sclerosant) directly into the veins. The solution causes the lining of the vein swell, eventually sealing off the blood vessel and preventing blood flow.
Prior to treatment, a complete medical history is taken and a thorough examination made in order to determine, among other things, how long the problem has existed, the severity of the symptoms, whether or not the condition is affected by physical activity, and if there has been prior surgery or treatment of the veins. The physician determines if the deep venous system is affected, in which case surgery may be recommended before sclerotherapy is undertaken. Preoperative instructions may include the elimination of certain drugs, which contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding. The physician decides whether or not the area to be treated should be shaved. The veins are usually marked while the patient is in a standing position.
Larger veins are usually treated first. After the skin is thoroughly cleansed with alcohol, the physician uses a syringe with a tiny needle to inject a small amount of sclerosing (hardening) solution directly into a vein. The solution displaces the blood within the vein, causing it to blanch or turn white. The solution then causes the vessel to become irritated and swell shut, prohibiting the blood from reentering the vein. When the needle is withdrawn, pressure is immediately applied to the area. The skin may be kneaded to help disperse the solution and reduce bruising. Each vein may require several injections and most disappear in two weeks to two months.
How Sclerotherapy Works
Sclerotherapy is performed using a sclerosing solution which is injected directly into the damaged vein(s). This solution irritates the vein, causing it to close up. Over time, the body absorbs the disabled vein, eliminating the problem. Although some patients are concerned about the loss of these veins, the truth is that the blood flow is simply redirected to other healthy veins.
Treating Spider Veins with Sclerotherapy
This treatment is especially effective for spider veins. This is because the sclerosing solution treats the injected vein and the feeder veins attached to it. This helps prevent future recurrences, since these underlying feeder veins are often the cause of the surface spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is an Outpatient Procedure
The Sclerotherapy procedure itself is quick and performed in-office. Most of the time, Dr. Shah can treat your visible veins in less than 10 minutes. There are no scars associated with this procedure and there is no downtime. In fact, patients are encouraged to walk around after treatment to promote circulation (although strenuous activity may be restricted).
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