Are you sick of hiding your legs because of embarrassing spider veins? Would you like to enjoy this beautiful South Florida weather and not worry about how your legs look? Do you want to finally address your symptoms of aching, tiredness, itching, or swollen legs? Stop delaying your happiness and treat your spider and varicose veins with sclerotherapy.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins or small varicose veins. We use a sclerosing agent and inject it into those tiny veins using a very small needle. This sclerosing agent causes the veins to collapse. The blood flow is then rerouted to the healthier veins in the leg. The collapsed vein is then slowly absorbed by the body and disappears within a matter of weeks.
In addition to improving the appearance of your legs, sclerotherapy can also help with the following symptoms:
What can I expect from Sclerotherapy?
Before the procedure
You will have a thorough physical examination and medical history reviewed by one of our Vascular Specialists. Depending on your symptoms, you may also require an ultrasound to evaluate the veins in your legs. Once the vascular specialist confirms you would be a good candidate for sclerotherapy, you will be scheduled for your procedure.
During the procedure
You will be placed in one of our private rooms dedicated for vein procedures.
The area of your leg that requires sclerotherapy will be prepped to sterile contact.
Next, your vascular specialist will use a very small needle to inject the sclerosing agent into the tiny veins. You may have as many injections as needed into the area of concern. We typically do not want to inject to much sclerosing agent at any one time. The number of veins injected during the procedure will depend on size and location of the veins we are treating.
The procedure may take 15 minutes
You may feel some very mild discomfort in the area of injection – this is the sclerosing agent at work!
After the procedure
We will ask you to rest for 15 minutes to make sure there aren’t any reactions to the procedure
We may ask you to wear compression stockings for a short period of time, depending on the size and locations of the veins we are treating.
We ask that you avoid taking NSAID’s (ibuprofen) or aspirin for 48 hours
Moving around in your normal daily routine is encouraged, however we do want you to avoid any strenuous activity or direct sun exposure for at least 2 weeks.
It may take between 3-6 weeks before the results are noticeable. In fact, the area may become more red and inflamed for a short period before it starts to look better. Do not use warm compresses to the area of treatment and please avoid hot tubs, saunas, steam baths, whirlpools for 2 weeks.
Call us now to learn more or to schedule an appointment.