Sclerotherapy is a widely used and effective surgical procedure that treats varicose veins and spider veins.
During sclerotherapy — offered in an outpatient setting — a vascular specialist injects a sclerosing agent directly into the affected veins. This solution irritates the vein lining, causing it to collapse and stick together. Over time, the treated vein is reabsorbed by the body and blood flow is rerouted to healthier veins.
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for both varicose veins and spider veins.
Benefits and risks
Sclerotherapy offers several benefits for patients, including:
- Effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins
- Less invasive with no need for anesthesia
- Quick recovery time with minimal discomfort
- Improved cosmetic appearance of the legs
As with any medical procedure, sclerotherapy does carry some risks, including:
- Allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent
- Skin discoloration around the treated area
- Development of new spider veins or recurrence of varicose veins
- Formation of small blood clots
Preparation and aftercare
Before undergoing sclerotherapy, your vascular specialist will conduct a thorough examination and discuss any medical conditions or medications that could interfere with the procedure. The treatment itself is relatively quick and does not require anesthesia. However, you may be advised to avoid certain medications and activities before the procedure.
After the treatment, you may be asked to wear compression stockings to support healing and improve blood flow. Walking and light physical activity are often encouraged to help healing.
Your doctor will provide specific aftercare instructions tailored to your condition.
Sclerotherapy is a widely used and effective treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. This non-surgical procedure offers you a chance to improve both the physical discomfort and cosmetic appearance of your legs.
If you are experiencing symptoms related to varicose veins or spider veins, call 770-812-VEIN (8346) to schedule a consultation to begin your transformation now.
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