Varicose veins and spider veins are common problems with a variety of options for treatment. Many patients opt for sclerotherapy to eliminate their unhealthy veins because it is fast, effective and relatively painless. During this treatment, patients are given an injection of a chemical solution that causes the unhealthy veins to collapse and reabsorb into the body. The body reroutes blood flow to other, healthy veins to restore your circulatory function as the varicose and spider veins disappear.
- Details about your treatment
Depending on the severity of your damaged veins, you may need one or several treatments. Each session only lasts about 20 minutes. The doctor will prepare a foam solution, as foam is able to penetrate the vein more effectively than liquid. Next, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the injection site to ensure that treatment administration is painless. The procedure itself does not cause any discomfort, but there may be some temporary bruising, redness, or itching. You will be able to see an immediate visual improvement, but it may take a few weeks for you to see complete results.
- How to prepare for sclerotherapy
Because the treatment is non-surgical, minimal preparation is required for your treatment. You may have to discontinue use of certain medications, but this will be discussed on an individual basis with your doctor. It is advisable to avoid anti-inflammatory medications for 1-2 days prior to your procedure, as these products thin the blood. You will be able to drive yourself home and resume your daily activities after sclerotherapy, but you should avoid heavy aerobic exercise for a few days.
If you would like to see how sclerotherapy can improve the appearance of your varicose or spider veins, contact Advanced Varicose Treatments of Manhattan. We offer several non-surgical solutions performed by board-certified vein doctors. Schedule a consultation with us on our website or call (212) 204-6501.
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