What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a special chemical substance is injected into diseased veins.
Sclerotherapy magnifies the vessel walls, making them stick with each other. This results in fibrosis or damaging of the blood vessel. The vessels are then unable to carry blood and start to shrink, making them less obvious below the skin. Eventually, the affected vessels should vanish altogether due to an allergic reaction.
Sclerotherapy is used for the treatment of unsolicited, visible spider veins, and artificial varicose veins.
If you have varicose or spider veins that are causing you discomfort, it is better to get advice from a vein professional. Our experienced vascular surgeons suggest proper and suitable vein treatments for Sclerotherapy of varicose and spider veins treatment.
Varicose and spider veins may not have any symptoms other than their hideous features that may lead to embarrassment and self-consciousness. Sometimes they may cause slight to severe pain, burning, and heaviness of the legs, which degenerates as the day progresses. If not treated on time, they might cause complications.
Sclerotherapy is used to improve the cosmetic appearance of spider veins and to relieve some of the symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling, and night cramps. This primary treatment is also for small varicose veins that are present in the leg’s veins. If you have any blood clots, then it may not be recommended.
How Is It Performed?
During treatment, a liquid, usually in a foam state, is inserted using very sharp needles into your varicose or spider vein. This is often implemented under ultrasound help if your vein is deep and is called ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy or injection Sclerotherapy.
The liquid inside the injection is called a sclerosant that will damage the interior lining of your vein and cause it to breakdown. It will then be absorbed into local tissue and fade away within a few weeks. For best results, another procedure of laser Sclerotherapy recommended after a month from the initial procedure.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
There are several benefits of Sclerotherapy, including:
- Non-surgical technique.
- Laser treatment is performed.
- A fast and effective method.
- Less scarring and pain.
- Recovery is usually quick.
Sclerotherapy sessions usually result in the elimination of 50% to 80% of diseased veins.
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How Long Does Sclerotherapy Last?
- In most cases, affected veins disappear within three to six months.
- Any bruising that may occur around the injection site and can last several days or weeks.
- Generally, spider veins respond to Sclerotherapy in about three to six weeks, and larger veins respond in three to four months.
What Happens to Veins After Sclerotherapy?
- The Sclerotherapy injected foam causes the vein to scar, pushing blood to reroute through healthier veins.
- The deteriorated vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
Does Sclerotherapy Improve Circulation?
- Yes, Sclerotherapy improves circulation in the legs.
- Sclerotherapy is most effective for treating veins that are small and near to the surface of the skin.
- Patients often think if Sclerotherapy will negatively impact their blood circulation. Once the treated vein closes, blood will be redirected to healthy veins in your legs, promoting better circulation.