What is sclerotherapy?Sclerotherapy is a highly effective, non-surgical spider and varicose vein treatment. This technique utilizes a special solution, called a sclerosant, which is injected unto the problematic vein, causing it to fade away gradually. Large, twisted, bulging varicose veins may require an alternative treatment such as ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous ablation, or ligation and stripping. However, for spider veins and small varicose veins, sclerotherapy is usually the treatment of choice.
How sclerotherapy worksThe sclerosant irritates the vascular walls, causing the vein to close. Over time, it is broken down and eliminated naturally, by your body. Eliminating a diseased vein is harmless, because you have more veins than you need for proper circulation. Blood is naturally re-routed through healthy, properly functioning veins.
Although sclerotherapy is highly effective for the removal of spider and varicose veins, it is not a preventive measure. The treated vein will not return, but new ones can develop at any time. If you are prone to diseased veins, your doctor may recommend preventive measures, such as increased exercise or wearing compression stockings, to reduce your risk. However, if you do develop additional spider or varicose veins, they can be treated with future sclerotherapy sessions.
Risks of sclerotherapyYou may notice mild bruising or discoloration, which fades in about two weeks. Beyond that, there are few risks or side effects associated with sclerotherapy. Rare, and usually mild, potential occurrences include inflammation, allergic reaction, blood clots, or scarring. Occasionally, the skin over the treated vein may develop irregularities in coloring, but these should fade with time. Telangiectatic matting (the appearance of small, reddish veins) may occur in selected individuals. This can be remedied with additional treatments.
Sclerotherapy treatment at Dr. W DermatologySclerotherapy is a gentle and convenient outpatient procedure. The injections are virtually painless, so anesthesia is unnecessary. The procedure is relatively fast, and you will be able to resume most regular activities. However, you may be advised to avoid aerobic exercise and strenuous activity for a period. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions closely, to facilitate fast, comfortable healing. Most patients will need two sessions, scheduled about four weeks apart to achieve full correction. At times, vein testing is required to check to see if any deeper vessels are involved.
You don’t have to wear long pants through the hot Texas summers, and turn down the pool party invitations. If you are ready to show off your legs with pride, call (281) 771-0494 and schedule a consultation at Dr. W Dermatology to learn more about your options for eliminating unsightly veins. We have two offices for your convenience. One is located in Katy, and the other is in Houston.