Varicose veins can be more than just unsightly and embarrassing—they can also lead to pain and feelings of heaviness for patients, decreasing their quality of life. If you’re tired of dealing with the effects of your varicose veins, you may want to consider speaking to a doctor about Foam Sclerotherapy, an innovative new treatment for this medical condition.
- What is Foam Sclerotherapy?
Foam Sclerotherapy is an improvement upon traditional Sclerotherapy. Instead of simply injecting a liquid into a varicose vein, doctors mix the liquid with carbon dioxide before injecting it to give it a texture akin to shaving cream. In the vein, this foam has increased contact with the walls of the vein, encouraging scarring, and it is less likely to get diluted by the blood, making it more effective. The foam is also more visible on ultrasounds than liquid solutions, making it easier to inject into a precise location. Foam Sclerotherapy blocks the vein completely, speeding up the scarring process and fading the appearance of the varicose vein.
- Who is a good candidate?
Almost anyone with varicose veins is a good candidate for Foam Sclerotherapy, with a few exceptions. If your varicose veins are very large, your doctor may decide that foam sclerotherapy isn’t the best treatment option for you, as the walls of large veins tend to be too thick for this treatment to be effective. Pregnant women, as well as anyone with certain blood or cardiovascular conditions, may also want to speak with a doctor about alternate procedures.
- What are the effects like?
Foam sclerotherapy is not painful, though you will need to wear compression stockings for a few days after the procedure to encourage the veins to seal shut. You should see results from the procedure in a few weeks, though multiple treatments may be required if you have numerous varicose veins.
If you’re tired of your varicose veins, call (212) 204-6501 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lev at Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan. Our experienced staff can help you find the right treatment option to help those visible veins fade.