Sclerotherapy is an effective method of eradicating unsightly varicose and spider veins. At BodyWise Specialists, OB/GYN Regina Kaufmann, MD and Becky Hayes, APRN-C, provide this outpatient procedure to help resolve your varicose and spider veins with minimal downtime. Call the office in Indialantic and Melbourne, Florida, or book online to learn more about how sclerotherapy can help you achieve smoother skin and healthier veins.
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What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into your faulty veins. This solution causes the lining of the blood vessels to get irritated, so they collapse and stick together. Eventually, they die and become scar tissue, which gradually fades away.
Who should consider sclerotherapy?
Dr. Kaufmann evaluates your veins to determine if sclerotherapy will be an effective treatment. The procedure is usually most effective on spider veins and smaller varicose veins. These may be on your face or legs.
Pregnant women should wait to have sclerotherapy. And anyone with a history of blood clots will be evaluated closely to determine if the procedure is safe for them.
What happens during a sclerotherapy session?
During sclerotherapy, Dr. Kaufmann injects the salt solution directly into the specific veins using an extremely fine needle. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, but you may have some mild discomfort, especially when larger varicose veins are treated.
Depending on the nature of your veins, you may have them all treated in one session or you may opt to break up your treatment into two visits. Usually, a session lasts less than one hour.
How should I prepare for sclerotherapy?
Dr. Kaufmann asks that you avoid specific medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as certain supplements and herbs. You can take Tylenol, as it doesn’t thin your blood. Don’t apply any lotion in the treatment areas prior to your appointment.
What is recovery like following sclerotherapy?
You may need a day or two of downtime following a sclerotherapy session. Some people experience increased itching in the treated veins for a day or two after sclerotherapy. You may also experience:
- Redness or raised areas around the injection sites
- Brown lines or spots at the treated veins
- Hardness or lumpiness in larger veins
- Development of new, tiny blood vessels at the site of treatment.
These side effects fade within a few months as your body gets rid of the scar tissue. The brown lines can sometimes last a little longer.
To learn how your varicose veins and spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy, call the office or schedule a consult online.