If you are tired of feeling self-conscious about spider and varicose veins, sclerotherapy can help get rid of those unwanted veins. You can eliminate blue and bulging veins on your legs and have a smoother and natural appearance.
Sclerotherapy is an FDA-approved procedure involving the injection of a saline solution directly into a vein to reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins, and small and medium red or purple veins on the skin’s surface.
Sclerotherapy is performed in our office and can take between 15-30 minutes. Pictures are taken at the start of your treatment. A saline solution is injected into your vein with each injection 0.1-0.4 ml and done at 2-3 cm intervals.
The vein becomes slightly inflamed, causing it to scar and shrink. That means there is no remaining blood in that vein, which fades over time. The larger veins are usually treated first. There may be some pain and burning. If this occurs, the solution can be diluted for comfort.
For the two days before your procedure, you will need to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory drugs. TCN and Minocin may cause staining and should not be taken seven to ten days prior to your treatment. Prednisone should also be avoided as it decreases the effectiveness of the sclerosing agent. Tylenol is a satisfactory alternative to take if needed. Please come in for your treatment with clean skin and do not use moisturizers.
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Anyone in good physical health is a candidate for sclerotherapy. However, pregnant women and people with a history of deep vein thrombosis, or heart disease with a bypass are not candidates for treatment. Pregnant women need to wait at least three months after giving birth before considering sclerotherapy. People who are bedridden or have allergies to the sclerosing agent are also not candidates for this procedure.
Improvement is usually long-term in most cases. However, new veins may develop over time. You may need touch-up sessions to treat any new veins. Less than 10% of people treated do not experience any results from sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a chemical reaction meaning it may take three to six weeks to recognize the result of the average size spider veins. Larger veins can take up to six months before noticing a result. Between 50 and 80% of injected veins can be eliminated with each session. The veins usually do not reappear but can with time.
You may experience a cramping sensation for a few minutes after each injection. There can be some itchiness and bruising for a couple of days after your visit. Larger veins may feel lumpy and hard for a few months.
Some people experience hyperpigmentation for up to six months. Less than 5% can experience permanent hyperpigmentation. You may experience the growth of new blood vessels in the days, or even weeks, after your procedure. This can take up to a year to fade.
Please let us know immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms after your treatment: inflammation within five inches from your groin, sudden-onset swollen legs, any spasm, the formation of small ulcers at the injection site, red streaking particularly in the groin, and/or porcelain white blanching on your skin.
It is recommended to wear class 1 (20-30 mm) compression stockings the first night and class 2 (30-40 mm) daily for the following one to three weeks depending on the size of the treated area.
You should not perform any strenuous exercise for at least a few days, and up to four weeks. However, walking and lower extremity exercises are an excellent idea immediately after your treatment to prevent blood clots.
As for medicine, you can take Tylenol for pain but stay away from aspirin, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory medications. You should avoid hot baths, hot compresses, whirlpools, saunas and direct sunlight exposure for the first 48 hours. Showering with cooler water is fine.
Please speak with Dr. Sperling regarding the cost and how many treatments you may need for your specific skin type. To book an appointment, contact Shanna at 973-968-4746.
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