What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for small varicose veins and spider veins. During this treatment, a sclerosant medicine is injected into spider veins to fuse their vein walls. The spider veins turn into hardened scar tissues eventually absorbed by the body, and the accumulated blood flows into healthier veins, restoring optimal blood circulation.

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy is a fairly simple, in-office procedure that concludes within 30 minutes, following which you can resume your daily activities.

During the treatment, the vein doctor elevates your affected leg and injects sclerosant medicine into the diseased spider veins. The sclerosant solution fuses the spider veins’ walls, making them harden into scar tissues. Over time, the hardened spider veins are reabsorbed by the body, fading away from the skin’s surface. The accumulated blood reroutes into healthier leg veins, thereby restoring optimal blood circulation.

The vein doctor applies pressure on your legs after the treatment to prevent blood from pooling in your leg veins. The vein doctor also discusses some post-treatment recovery guidelines, such as wearing compression stockings for a few days and avoiding strenuous activities. But you can resume most of your daily activities, including work, as soon as you leave the vein clinic in Long Island.

Is Sclerotherapy Painful?

Sclerotherapy doesn’t cause any pain and only mild discomfort. You may experience a mild burning or cramping sensation when the sclerosant is injected into your spider veins. However, the sensation fades away in a few seconds. In some cases, you may need additional sessions to treat all spider veins.

What are the advantages & disadvantages of Sclerotherapy Treatment?

The Advantages of Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is an extremely simple, safe, and convenient treatment. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (Office for Women’s Health), this in-office treatment doesn’t even necessitate anesthesia usage. Furthermore, it’s a minimally invasive treatment without the need for extended preparation or recovery. Most patients can resume work and their daily activities immediately after the treatment, so it doesn’t even interfere with your daily schedule.

The Disadvantages of Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Like all treatments, even sclerotherapy has a few inherent limitations. The primary limitation of sclerotherapy is that it’s not suitable for all patients and for all situations. Sclerotherapy is an excellent solution for small varicose veins and spider veins, but it can’t treat large varicose veins or underlying venous insufficiency. If you have underlying vein disease, your vein doctor in Long Island may recommend additional treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation and VenaSeal.

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