Sclerotherapy has been used since the 1930s to effectively make unsightly varicose and spider veins fade away so you experience cosmetic and physical relief. Inam Haq, MD, FACS, and Sushil Samant, MD, FACS, FICS, of Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in Midland Beach of Staten Island and Borough Park of Brooklyn, New York, New York, offer this outpatient procedure to help resolve your varicose and spider veins. Call the office or book online to learn more about how sclerotherapy can help you achieve smoother skin and healthier veins.
During sclerotherapy, Dr. Haq or Dr. Samant inject a solution directly into faulty veins. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessels. The veins essentially collapse and stick together, then are destroyed and become scar tissue, which gradually fades away.
Dr. Haq and Dr. Samant evaluate your veins to determine if they can be effectively treated with sclerotherapy. In more severe cases, you may need a more intensive laser treatment. You should not be pregnant, but you can receive sclerotherapy if you’re on birth control.
If you’ve experienced a blood clot in the past, the doctors evaluate your particular circumstances before administering sclerotherapy.
During sclerotherapy, the doctors inject the salt solution directly into offending veins using an extremely fine needle. You may have some mild discomfort, especially when larger varicose veins are treated.
You may opt to have all veins treated in one session, or if you have many and some that are very large, you may break up your sclerotherapy sessions.
The procedure is performed in the office of Laser & Varicose Vein Treatment Center and takes less than an hour.
You’ll be instructed to avoid certain medications, including aspirin and ibuprofen (acetaminophen is fine), some supplements, and certain herbs. Do not apply lotion to your legs prior to sclerotherapy.
You may need to schedule a day or two of downtime following sclerotherapy; the doctors will let you know how to care for the veins after treatment.
You may have increased itching in treated veins for a day or two after the procedure. The injection sites may look red or raised, too. You may also experience:
All of these side effects fade in a few months, but sometimes the brown lines can last indefinitely.
To learn how your varicose and spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy, call the office or schedule a consult online.