Over 80 million Americans suffer from symptoms related to unsightly varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is used for the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins of the legs. It can be performed safely and effectively, often in a single treatment session.
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What is Sclerotherapy?
Asclera (polidocanol) injections are used for sclerotherapy to treat two types of veins – uncomplicated spider veins (very small varicose veins less than 1mm in diameter) and uncomplicated small varicose veins know as reticular veins (1mm to 3mm in diameter).
In this simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to close and thereby fade from view. The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including lower extremity aching, burning, swelling and night cramps. The treatment only eliminates abnormal veins that are no longer used, so there are only positive effects on blood circulation.
“Dr. Friedmann was great! Sclerotherapy is not completely pain free, but the Dr. was efficient and quick. I called up my friend soon as I got home and recommended him!” — Gail N. (October 16, 2016)
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What is Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy uses ultrasound imaging to enable a physician to find and treat veins that are not immediately visible, as they are below the surface of the skin. As with standard sclerotherapy procedures, a sclerosing solution is delivered to the vein through injection causing the vein to be destroyed.
How quickly will I see results?
Although significant improvement may be seen within days of treatment, maximum results are evident at approximately 2 months following treatment.
Is there downtime associated with a sclerotherapy treatment?
Compression stockings should be worn 24 hours per day for 1 week following treatment to maximize results. High-impact activities, hot baths or saunas, and long plane rides should be avoided for several days after the procedure. Otherwise, there is no downtime and patients can resume normal activity immediately after the treatment.
Can Sclerotherapy be performed on other areas of the body?
In addition to leg veins, sclerotherapy can be used on veins found on the back of hands or the chest area.
Are there other alternatives to sclerotherapy?
Laser therapy, or Endovenous Ablation Therapy, offers an alternative to sclerotherapy treatment for small leg veins, including small, purple spider veins. The Excel V, Cooltouch, or intense pulsed light (IPL) devices may be used for this type of treatment.
Another alternative to sclerotherapy treatment is phlebectomy.
Additional Sclerotherapy Resources
- How Much Does Sclerotherapy Cost?
- What’s The Difference Between Varicose Veins And Spider Veins?
- Venous Insufficiency: Symptoms, Causes, Prevention, and Treatments
- 10 Common Vein Treatment Myths
- Case Study: Sclerotheraphy Treatment for Leg Veins
- 9 Simple Ways To Prevent Varicose Veins
- Removing Hand Veins