SCLEROTHERAPY

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WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY

Spider veins, which often cover the legs, are damaged veins that appear to be similar to varicose veins, only thinner. Appearing red or blue in color and like thin spider webs or branches, these veins are closer to the surface of the skin and can spread over a range of areas. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are typically not raised above the skin’s surface. Spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy or laser treatment.

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate spider veins with the injection of a solution directly into the vein

PROCEDURE DESCRIPTION

A solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, the patient may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes. The procedure itself takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient. Multiple sessions may be needed

DO YOU NEED SCLEROTHERAPY

Sclerotherapy is often done for:

  • Cosmetic purposes — to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins

The procedure can also improve related symptoms such as:

  • Aching

  • Swelling

  • Burning

  • Night cramps

IS SCLEROTHERAPY EFFECTIVE

In general, spider veins can take up to 3 months to respond. However, new veins may appear requiring further treatment. If needed, you may return for injections.

Studies have shown that as many as 50% to 80% of injected veins may be eliminated with each session of sclerotherapy.

Less than 10% of the people who have sclerotherapy do not respond to the injections at all. In these instances, different solutions can be tried. Although this procedure works for most patients, there are no guarantees for success.

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