Simply put, sclerotherapy is so popular because it is safe and effective. It has been practiced since the 1800s but is still one of the first choices when it comes to treating spider and varicose veins. The procedure involves injecting a chemical called Sclerosant directly into the affected vein. The chemical irritates the vein wall and makes it collapse. When the vein is destroyed, the blood naturally flows through healthy veins. Gradually, your body will absorb the collapsed vein and it will disappear.
Following are a few of the main reasons sclerotherapy is so popular with doctors and patients:
• There is little to no discomfort. This simple outpatient procedure involves using extremely fine needles to increase your comfort during treatment. As an added benefit, there is virtually no recovery time, and you can go back to your daily activities soon after the treatment.
• It can remove deep veins as well as superficial veins. We use ultrasound to pinpoint an affected vein deep in your leg. We also use foam Sclerosant for larger veins because it will spread out and cover a larger area inside the vein. Since the needle is so fine, it can be used to remove tiny spider veins just as easily.
• There is almost no risk of scarring. Since there is no incision and the needle is very fine, the puncture heals quickly with no side effects. This is an important feature for any cosmetic treatment.
During your consultation with our specialist, the visible veins on your legs will be minutely examined because it must be determined if you have any underlying health issues or simply have cosmetic issues.
We may need to decide which veins to treat first as there is a prescribed amount of Sclerosant that can be used during one treatment. It may take anywhere between two and six treatments depending on the size and number of veins that need to be removed before you have optimum results.
Once the Sclerosant is injected into the vein, it will be compressed to help it collapse. In order to keep it compressed, you may be asked to wear compression stockings for some time following your procedure. For best results, you should avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after treatment and closely follow our specialist’s instructions.
Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment for varicose and spider veins simply because it works. It is important to treat even small varicose veins because if they are left untreated, they can develop into a more serious condition. With a short procedure and minimal recovery time, you can get rid of unwanted veins that put a damper on your summer fun.
If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy, we would be glad to help you at the Premier Vein Institute. We are conveniently located in Tampa and Lakeland and are pleased to serve both areas with comprehensive and personalized vein treatments. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!