What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive spider vein treatment wherein sclerosant medicine is injected into your spider veins. The sclerosant medicine irritates the walls of your spider veins, making them fuse together and turn into hardened scar tissues. The blood in your spider veins is then rerouted into healthier leg veins, improving overall blood circulation.
How does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure wherein a special medicine called sclerosant is injected into spider veins. This is one of the most effective treatments for spider veins and small varicose veins. The sclerosant medicine chemically damages the spider veins’ walls, making them stick together and close the diseased veins. Once the diseased spider veins seal shut, the accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins, thereby restoring optimal blood circulation to your heart.
During the sclerotherapy procedure, your vein doctor will elevate your affected leg and carefully inject the sclerosant medicine into the spider veins and varicose veins. The sclerosant solution will fuse the spider veins’ walls, turning them into scar tissues that are eventually absorbed by the body. As the diseased spider veins are absorbed by the body, they fade away from the skin’s surface. Meanwhile, the accumulated blood in your spider veins will flow into healthier leg veins with functional vein valves. Your sclerotherapy treatment will conclude within 10 to 30 minutes at our vein center in Long Island.
After the sclerotherapy treatment, your vein doctor in Long Island will apply pressure over the spider veins to prevent blood from accumulating in your veins. You’ll also have to wear compression stockings for a few days after the treatment to ensure optimal blood circulation.
Is Sclerotherapy Painful?
Sclerotherapy is a nearly painless procedure because it only involves one injection per spider vein. The sclerosant medicine may cause mild cramping and burning sensations for a few seconds, but these side effects are extremely mild and temporary.
If you have a large number of spider veins and varicose veins, your vein doctor in Long Island may ask you to return for another appointment.
What are the Pros & Cons of Sclerotherapy Treatment?
The Advantages of Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is widely considered the best spider vein treatment because it’s non-surgical and doesn’t involve an extended recovery period. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (Office on Women’s Health), sclerotherapy is performed as an in-office procedure without anesthesia.
Our patients also love sclerotherapy because it doesn’t interfere with their daily activities. The entire procedure concludes within 30 minutes or less and involves no post-treatment downtime. As such, you can resume your daily activities and work immediately after the treatment. As such, sclerotherapy has minimal impact on your daily life.
The Disadvantages of Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy is certainly the best spider vein treatment available, but it’s not perfect and it’s not suitable for everyone. The primary drawback of sclerotherapy is that it’s not meant for everyone.
Sclerotherapy works wonders with spider veins and small varicose veins, but it’s ineffective against large veins. As such, if you have large varicose veins or underlying venous insufficiency, your vein doctor may need to combine sclerotherapy with other procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation or endovenous laser ablation.
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