What is Sclerotherapy?
The process of injecting a medical solution into varicose and spider veins in order for them to clot and swell shut is called sclerotherapy. Blood flow is then redirected, and the veins are removed by the body naturally over time.
Depending on the individual, one of the following techniques may be used:
- Conventional Sclerotherapy: This is the most basic form of Sclerotherapy and involves direct injections of the solution into affected veins. A tiny needle is used and topical anesthetics are available for maximum patient comfort.
- Foam Sclerotherapy: During this technique, small amounts of solution are mixed with air to create a foamy, cream-like substance. Foam Sclerotherapy is often used to treat underlying abnormal veins that are larger, as the solution covers more surface area.
- Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy: For varicose veins that are difficult to see as well as large superficial veins, ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy can improve precision and accuracy where other techniques cannot. The ultrasound technology aids Dr Krikorian in locating and injecting the affected veins. After these deeper veins are treated, smaller reticular and spider veins can sometimes go away as well.
Which Sclerotherapy Treatment is Right for Me?
An individual’s treatment can be determined by medical and family history as well as personal preferences to determine which method of Sclerotherapy is best for your vascular needs. Veins will be thoroughly evaluated before Sclerotherapy treatment is approved.
In order to fully eradicate some conditions, multiple treatments may be necessary.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment that is clinically proven to be safe in most patients. Results are gradual, with veins being removed by the body over the course of several weeks. Although Sclerotherapy permanently removes the treated veins, varicose and spider veins can still appear again in the future.