Everything You Need to Know About Sclerotherapy


If you are suffering from varicose veins or spider veins, you may be looking for a treatment to suit you. One of the most effective and easy to receive treatments is known as sclerotherapy. This specially designed treatment uses tiny needles to directly inject a sclerosant solution into your veins. This solution is designed to irritate your vein walls, causing them to permanently close. Do not worry if this sounds dangerous, as sclerotherapy is a completely safe option to treat varicose veins and spider veins, two different forms of vein disease that can be seen just under the skin’s surface. Spider veins and varicose veins are two completely different forms of vein disease but can be treated in a similar manner. Sclerotherapy is a great way to reduce the symptoms of both varicose veins and spider veins so you can feel relief again.

Treating Varicose Veins

Unlike spider veins, varicose veins are large and have a rope-like appearance bulging out of your skin. While this can also be a cosmetic issue affecting the way you feel about your looks, it can also lead to eventual medical issues if you don’t treat it. Such medical concerns that can occur if left untreated include blood clots, ulcers, sores on your legs, and chronic inflammation among others. Our treatment procedure will start by finding any varicosities and venous insufficiency occurring in the body. By treating the underlying problem, we can effectively provide long-term relief to your varicose veins. Finding the refluxing saphenous vein is done by using ultrasound technology. This is projected onto your skin’s surface before the impacted area is found. As we monitor the ultrasound on screen, we will begin administering the sclerosant, ensuring only the varicose veins are administered the solution. With sclerotherapy we can avoid more invasive treatment options such as vein stripping. Dealing with varicose veins at an early stage is the only way to avoiding future health issues caused by faulty veins.

Treating Cosmetic Spider Veins

When it comes to vein disease, spider veins are typically harmless but can be seen all across the impacted limb. Spider veins are found close to the surface of the skin, making them easier to find than varicose veins. These cosmetic symptoms make it easy to treat spider veins when you choose sclerotherapy. Some other forms of vein treatment are unable to treat spider veins as the veins are smaller and more difficult to target than varicose veins. Fortunately, sclerotherapy is able to work on spider veins. The sclerosant is injected into the impacted veins, causing them to close over time.

In order to track down miniscule spider veins, a vein light will help illuminate their presence. This type of spotlight effect makes sure your treatment is as accurate as possible. Since spider veins are purely a cosmetic issue, you will not need to worry about the blood flow being affected in the area. Your veins will simply close, letting your affected limb look normal again. Although they aren’t a health threat, spider veins can be an indication of further trouble to come, so it is best to treat them early and pinpoint their cause.

Multiple Treatments for the Best Results

Similar to other cosmetic procedures, sclerotherapy requires multiple treatment rounds in order for you to see the best results. The primary reason for this is how long it may take to have some veins permanently close. Every treatment of sclerotherapy has a limitation on the size of vein closure it can perform. On average it takes around two or three treatment cycles to see a long-lasting closure that will not need future follow-up. Occasionally, parts of a treated vein may reopen between treatments and need to be treated again.

Determining the length of treatment cycles all depends on how your body responds to the initial round of treatments. However, when you choose the professionals at the Laser Vein Center, you are choosing some of the most trusted physicians in the field. We will make sure each treatment cycle for your plan is handled with the utmost care so you can avoid any unnecessary side effects.

Choosing the Laser Vein Center

Now that you know a little more about what sclerotherapy entails, you can start planning for your treatment cycle. Each treatment plan starts with a free consultation that will ensure you are a prime candidate for this procedure. While sclerotherapy is suitable for most people we want to make sure this treatment will go off without issue. Simply call our offices today and schedule this no-obligation consultation. Our team, led by the renowned Dr. Wright, will be with you every step of the way. Don’t let your spider veins or varicose veins get you down; make sure you schedule your consultation for sclerotherapy today!