Vein Sclerotherapy

There are two types of sclerotherapy; foam, and liquid. Traditionally, liquid was the only option. Now with the development of foam sclerotherapy, we can treat larger veins. Also, rather than mixing with the blood as liquid does, foam displaces blood within the vein to produce faster, more effective results. Your physician will develop a personalized plan to help reach your specific goals.

Benefits

  • Safe and effective
  • Minimally invasive
  • Can improve the appearance of your veins
  • Little to no downtime

How It Works

When a sclerosing agent is injected into specific veins it irritates the inside lining of the vein and triggers an inflammatory process. This effectively causes occlusion (closure) of the vein and over time, they are reabsorbed.

What To Expect

This non-surgical treatment option is an in-office procedure that takes approximately 20 minutes. Most patients experience mild discomfort as expected with a small needle. Whether you’re treating larger veins or smaller spider veins, you may be required to wear medical compression stockings for up to 1 week after treatment.

Results

Depending on the extent of your varicose veins, several sessions may be required.

Downtime

  • The first day requires periods of walking and elevating the treated leg.
  • Can resume normal daily activity with the avoidance of heavy leg exercise.
  • Mild discomfort that may last for weeks after treatment. Should resolve with anti- inflammatory or mild analgesic.
  • Bruising that can last 2 – 3 weeks.
  • Lumpiness along the path of the treated vein which resorbs over a period of weeks to months.

Considerations

Avoid any flights or road trips longer than one hour for at least 3 weeks after treatment. We encourage prevention strategies outlined below.

Lifestyle Improvements

  • Wear 20 mmHg – 30 mmHg compression stockings
  • Exercise regularly
  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat well and maintain a healthy weight
  • Leg elevation