Would you like to get rid of unsightly veins that are keeping you from showing off your legs? If yes, sclerotherapy may be the right treatment for you. When it comes to treating smaller varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy is the gold standard. But how does sclerotherapy work, and does it hurt?
Spider veins and varicose veins are common concerns, especially for women, and often occur as a result of damaged valves in the veins. There are several factors that can put people at risk for developing spider and varicose veins; these include obesity, hormonal changes, pregnancy, increasing age, and inactivity. Fortunately, these vein problems can be easily treated with sclerotherapy.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. During the procedure a thin, fine needle is used to inject the sclerosing agent into the affected vein. The sterile solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, and this causes the vein to collapse and eventually fade.
There is no downtime after sclerotherapy, so patients can resume normal activities right away. A compression garment is usually worn for a few days after the procedure.
Does Sclerotherapy hurt?
Very tiny needles are used for sclerotherapy, and most people don’t find the treatment painful. Patients may feel a slight stinging sensation when the sclerosing agent is being injected, but this only lasts for a few seconds (click here to learn more).
No anesthesia is required with sclerotherapy, but patients that are particularly sensitive to needles may ask their doctor to apply a topical anesthetic before treatment.
Are you ready to try sclerotherapy for your spider veins? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.
If you are in the Milwaukee metro area, Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa, Pewaukee, WI is our featured practice.
You can reach them at www.wimedispa.com, or by calling 262-746-9088.