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What is Sclerotherapy?

Are you feeling self-conscious about the spider veins on your legs?  Sclerotherapy can help them disappear.   Sclerotherapy is the solution most often recommended by vein specialists for the treatment of spider veins.  But what is sclerotherapy?

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a quick, effective treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins on the legs, but can also be used on other areas of the body.

During sclerotherapy, a tiny needle is used to inject the sclerosing solution directly into the affected spider vein.  The solution irritates the walls of the vein causing it to collapse.  The damaged vein is therefore sealed off from the other healthy veins.  The treated vein shrinks over time and is eventually absorbed by the body, so blood flow is directed to healthy veins.  

Sclerotherapy can also ease symptoms related to spider veins including swelling, aching, and burning.

Sclerotherapy is a virtually painless procedure that takes about 30 minutes to complete.   It usually takes multiple treatments to achieve the best results with sclerotherapy. 

What Should I Expect After Sclerotherapy?

There is no downtime after sclerotherapy so patients can resume regular activities the same day.  However, strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 2 weeks.  Patients are generally asked to wear compression stockings for about 7-10 days after sclerotherapy.  This will help maintain compression and ensure that the blood does not flow back into the veins.     

How Soon Will I See Results?

The full effects of sclerotherapy can take several weeks, but the treated veins will disappear from view about 6-8 weeks after treatment.  Most patients report a 70%-75% improvement in the appearance of their spider veins after sclerotherapy.  

Would you like to learn more about sclerotherapy?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in Windemere, FL or the surrounding areas The Vascular Experts is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.tveflorida.com, or by calling 407-326-6510.

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