Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment

Sclerotherapy is the most common small varicose and spider veins treatment. It’s very safe and highly effective, often showing final results in as little as three to six weeks for smaller veins and in up to four months for larger veins. It is often done as an alternative to vein stripping, an invasive procedure that involves pulling varicose veins out of the leg.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for both varicose and spider veins. This treatment uses a very small needle to inject the vein with a medication that irritates its lining. In response, the vein collapses, is reabsorbed into the body, and is no longer visible at the skin’s surface. Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms caused by varicose and spider veins in most patients. This procedure treats veins at an early stage to help prevent further complications. We perform sclerotherapy treatments in our Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area skin and vein care facility.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is an in-office treatment done in our Lee’s Summit facility and is an alternative to surgical stripping. With this technique, our medical professionals visually monitor the vein on an ultrasound screen while performing the sclerotherapy treatment. The use of the ultrasound enables us to treat veins that might otherwise require surgical removal.

How Do I Prepare for Sclerotherapy?

To prepare for sclerotherapy, you will first schedule a physical examination and provide medical history to your doctor. Notable medical history may include allergies, history of medical conditions, prescriptions or over the counter medicine and supplements, smoking, use of oral contraceptives, and pregnancy. You may receive instructions to pause the use of blood thinners, ibuprofen, and other medications that increase your chances of bleeding. Your doctor may also require you to get an ultrasound on your legs, depending on the veins you will be targeting. The day before the procedure, we recommend not shaving or using lotion on your legs. On the day of your appointment, you should expect the procedure to take no longer than an hour and require no anesthesia.

What Happens During a Sclerotherapy Treatment?

During your treatment, you will be asked to lie on your back with your legs slightly elevated. After cleansing the treatment area with alcohol, your doctor will use a small needle to inject a solution into the varicose or spider veins. This solution irritates the vein, causing it to swell, block the flow of blood and collapse. Some patients experience a slight sting or cramping from the needle insertion, but this treatment procedure is virtually painless.

After the needle is removed and the vein treated, your doctor will compress and massage the area. Your doctor will then move on to the next vein until all of the veins being addressed in that procedure are treated.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Sclerotherapy?

One of the reasons why Sclerotherapy is such a popular vein treatment method is because of its quick recovery time. Soon after your procedure, you’ll be able to get up and walk around. In fact, walking soon after your procedure is actually suggested, as it helps prevent blood clots. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities in no time.

That being said, it can take up to four months to see complete results from the treatment. For optimal results, during your first two weeks of recovery time you may be asked to avoid strenuous exercise, intense sun exposure, and to wear compression socks.

What are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?

Side effects of sclerotherapy may include bruising, small sores, and red areas. However, these are small side effects that are only temporary. If you experience inflammation, blood clots, or an allergic reaction, your doctor may suggest pain relievers or treatment.

Sclerotherapy Treatment in Kansas City and Lee’s Summit

For more information about our sclerotherapy vein treatments, contact Summit Skin & Vein Care at (816) 533-4398 today in the Lee’s Summit and Kansas City area.

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