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Sclerotherapy is the leading treatment to eliminate discomfort and the systematic reappearance of spider veins and varicose veins — the red and blue areas visible through the surface of your skin. The team of board-certified specialists at Vascular Vein Centers, with locations in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, The Villages, Davenport, Florida, are experts in providing immediate relief to people affected by unsightly veins. Call or schedule an appointment online to learn more about how you can effectively eliminate the appearance of unwanted veins.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that is extremely fast and effective in treating spider veins and varicose veins.
The procedure involves the injection of a salt solution directly into the impacted vein through a very fine needle. The salt solution causes irritation of the blood vessel lining, forcing it to collapse and the blood to clot.
Once clotted, the blood vessel can no longer pool blood, effectively fading the red or blue vein from view.
A sclerotherapy procedure lasts about 15-30 minutes. The treatment has a 75-90% success rate, and you may require multiple treatments depending on the number and size of veins being treated.
Sclerotherapy is not painful and doesn’t require anesthesia, as only a small injection is needed. The procedure is performed in-office, and you might only feel the pinch of the needle.
You may experience slight discomfort after your doctor administers the solution, and the injected area might cramp up for a few minutes. Most patients return to their daily routine on the same day.
Side effects of sclerotherapy include light bruising, redness, and pain in the affected area. You may also notice brown spots around the injected area. These are normal and will disappear over time.
Less common side effects may include:
The most serious and dangerous side effect is the formation of a blood clot inside the treated vein. If left untreated, the blood clot can travel to various areas of the body and cause an embolism.
You should call Vascular Vein Centers or seek urgent care if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness after the procedure.
The effects of sclerotherapy are almost immediate, though your doctor at Vascular Vein Centers might recommend that you wear compression socks within the first 24 hours after the procedure. This assists the solution in dissolving the impacted vein.
The team also recommends that you stay active. The less mobile you are, the higher the chances of a blood clot. During the first couple of days after the procedure, you should not:
Medical sclerotherapy for varicose veins is usually covered by insurance, but sclerotherapy for cosmetic spider veins is not classified as a medical condition.
Getting rid of spider and varicose veins don’t have to be complicated. The Vascular Vein Centers team makes sure that sclerotherapy procedures are quick, painless, and effective.
Schedule an appointment today by calling or booking online to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you.