Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Vein Treatment

Varicose and spider veins can lead to both cosmetic and physical concerns, including lowered self-esteem and aching,restless legs. Whether your primary goal is to relieve discomfort or regain your confidence, Summit Skin & Vein Care offers effective varicose and spider vein treatments for those looking to restore their quality of life.

Sclerotherapy is one of our most popular varicose and spider veins treatments. It’s very safe and highly effective, often showing final results in as little as two to three months for smaller veins and in up to nine months for larger veins. Keep reading to learn about sclerotherapy treatment, browse our Sclerotherapy FAQs page to find answers to common questions, and call us today to discuss whether this procedure is the right one for you!

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for both varicose and spider veins. It’s minimally invasive and is often done as an alternative to vein stripping, an invasive varicose and spider vein treatment. Instead of physically removing veins from the leg as is done with vein stripping, sclerotherapy 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. In addition to a gradually fading appearance of the treated vessel, results also typically include alleviated physical symptoms such as aches, restlessness, throbbing, and itching. This procedure treats veins at an early stage to help prevent further complications.

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.

Before Your Procedure

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.

During Your Procedure

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.

After Your Procedure

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.

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.

Call Summit Skin & Vein for Sclerotherapy Treatment in Lee’s Summit

If you’re ready to enjoy the comfort and confidence that vein treatment can give you, call Summit Skin & Vein Care at (816) 533-4398 today! We provide free vein screenings, during which we can discuss whether sclerotherapy treatment is right for you. We’re committed to creating a varicose or spider vein treatment plan that will restore your quality of life by addressing any cosmetic or physical concerns you may have.

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