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Should I Get Sclerotherapy?

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2020
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Vein issues aren’t just cosmetic, they may indicate a larger problem that may require ongoing management. Spider veins, those webs of purple and blue that accumulate in localized areas like the ankles or around the knees, may not be as uncomfortable as the ropy, bulging varicose veins that can deform the appearance of the legs, but they are still concerning. In either situation, appropriate vein treatment should be considered. When you have vein therapy is up to you. Some people do not seek treatment until their daily routine becomes painful. Some seek vein treatment like sclerotherapy when a few veins diminish their confidence when wearing shorts or skirts. Should you get sclerotherapy? You may want to when you realize how easy it can be.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is one of the most longstanding and reputable vein treatments available today. The minimally invasive procedure is performed in the office with no need for anesthesia. A tiny needle is used to introduce a sclerosing medication into affected veins. Sclerosing medications usually contain salt. This causes the lining of the blood vessel to become mildly inflamed and sticky. The walls of the treated veins stick together, resulting in the vein’s collapse. It takes some time for the veins to disappear, but the process begins immediately when injections are administered.

One sclerotherapy treatment can achieve great results, ending the embarrassment and irritation that has been experienced since blood began pooling in affected veins. Forcing the veins to close and disappear also puts an end to the uncomfortable symptoms of larger dysfunctional veins, including cramping, burning, and swelling.

After sclerotherapy, patients may be advised to wear gentle compression stockings for a short time. This helps the veins close more quickly and also helps redirect blood flow to other veins. Compression stockings can also be worn routinely by those who are prone to vein insufficiency, especially when working out or when standing or sitting for long periods. The sclerotherapy procedure can be performed on both spider veins and on varicose veins. The results achieved are permanent. However, treatment does not prevent new veins from forming.

Are you ready to explore treatment for spider veins or varicose veins? Call our Manhattan office at 212.391.8600 to schedule your consultation.

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