How does sclerotherapy work?
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution, called a sclerosant, into the unwanted superficial veins. This solution causes the vein to become irritated and inflamed. The inflammatory process results in closure of the unwanted veins. Next, the body reabsorbs them. Although sclerotherapy uses a needle to inject the solution into the veins, it is minimally painful. The procedure time may vary, but typically a session lasts thirty minutes.
Sclerotherapy Reduces Spider Vein Appearance
Sclerotherapy is a widely accepted and safe procedure for the treatment of spider veins. Spider veins are smaller, red or purple blood vessels that are not raised. Like varicose veins, they can be seen through the skin and are most common on the thighs and legs. Spider veins are also common on the face as well, however these veins are treated differently (link to light-based therapy page).
Results and Recovery for Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy has been around for over eighty years and has been proven to be highly effective. Patients who have received sclerotherapy have reported a 50 – 80% reduction in the appearance of spider veins. Patients are warned that the results of this procedure may not be noticeable for several weeks after treatment. Some patients need multiple sclerotherapy sessions.
We ask that you limit your level of strenuous activity after sclerotherapy for three to five days There is minimal downtime after the procedure, and patients are advised to walk, as well as wear compression hose on the treated leg(s) for several days. You may experience some slight bruising, but these signs should quickly reduce.
Call Vein Institute of Pittsburgh℠ today to learn more about sclerotherapy today and to schedule your consultation at 724-934-VEIN (8346).