Preparing for Sclerotherapy

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Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment designed to alleviate the symptoms and improve the appearance of spider veins. Below is some information to help you prepare for this procedure.

Understanding Spider Veins

Spider veins are small abnormal veins that appear most commonly on the chest, face, hands and legs. They tend to be blue, purple or red in color, and they often form web-like formations under the surface of the skin. Spider veins are rarely raised and they don’t usually cause any other physical symptoms. However, some individuals with spider veins may experience cramping, throbbing and other discomfort, especially if the veins are located in the legs.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins that introduces a special sclerosing solution into each affected vein. The surgeon administers this solution to the vein’s interior with a fine needle. This solution irritates the walls of the vein, causing them to swell and stick together. Eventually, the vein collapses and fades from view.

What Should I Expect?

Sclerotherapy sessions are short and can be completed in the comfort of your vascular surgeon’s office. During the procedure, you will not be put under general anesthesia, so the associated risks are relatively low. Most sessions can be completed within only ten minutes. In some cases, the doctor may use an ultrasound machine to map the veins before and during the procedure. When the doctor injects the veins, you may feel a slight pinch and some cramping. However, the discomfort typically associated with this procedure is minimal.

Once the procedure is complete, most patients are able to return to their normal activities almost immediately. In the days and weeks that follow, you may notice some bruising or swelling, but these symptoms will fade over time. The results of the procedure won’t be visible immediately, but they will appear gradually over the next few weeks. Keep in mind that some patients require multiple treatment sessions in order to achieve their desired results.

Scheduling an Appointment

If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy, please contact United Vein Centers to make an appointment with a surgeon.