What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins, in particular, small and medium-sized ones. The procedure involves a doctor inserting a tiny needle into the veins, then injecting a solution known as a sclerosant.
It irritates the lining of the veins, which triggers them to collapse. Once collapsed, the veins will be reabsorbed by the body. This eliminates the appearance of veins on the outside of the skin and reduces the pain caused by veins.
Should I Get Sclerotherapy?
It is a quick and easy cosmetic procedure. Sclerotherapy before and after images show how life-changing it can be. It is a minimal investment in time, cost, discomfort, and recovery.
How Long Does it Take to Treat the Problem?
It may take one or several sessions to completely remove the veins. The number of injections given per session ranges from one to several as well.
How Long Does the Sclerotherapy Procedure Last?
The sclerotherapy procedure will last anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes. Any underlying health conditions may lengthen the sclerotherapy injection process.
What’s the Recovery Time?
There isn’t a recovery time. As soon as the patient receives the treatment, it begins to work. The patient will be able to resume life as usual after leaving the office. Pain at the injection site is very minimal to none, so it’s easy for patients to conduct all daily activities after the treatment.
What Are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?
The side effects of sclerotherapy are minimal and not serious. Possible sclerotherapy treatment side effects include:
- Ulcers on the skin
- Dark spots and blush spots
- Superficial phlebitis, which is vein inflammation.
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Serious allergic reaction
Will Staining and Marks From Sclerotherapy Go Away?
Hemosiderin staining, which is caused by iron in the red blood cells, can stain the skin after sclerotherapy injection, generally lasting 1-2 years. In rare instances, the staining can be permanent.
Does Sclerotherapy Hurt?
Sclerotherapy can be uncomfortable but tolerable. Pain is minimal in the hands of someone experienced in the procedure. We use the smallest needle available to lessen pain and improve sclerotherapy recovery.
What Are the Benefits of Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy can help eliminate the spider veins on your legs. It can be life-changing for people who wear pants during the summer to hide their legs. Depending on the size of the veins, multiple sessions may be required. The elimination of these types of veins may be both medically and cosmetically desirable.
How Long Before Veins Fade After Sclerotherapy?
In general, spider veins respond to sclerotherapy in three to six weeks, and larger veins respond in three to four months. If the veins respond to the treatment, they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear over time. If needed, you may return for additional injections.
Does Insurance Cover Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is seen as a cosmetic procedure and is usually not covered by insurance. We offer reasonable rates for the sclerosing agent. If you have venous insufficiency and meet the criteria of your insurance company, the endothermic ablation may be covered.