What to Expect After Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy treats varicose veins and spider veins. The treatment involves the injection of a solution into the vein, which creates a blockade and forces blood that was in that vessel to be naturally rerouted to other healthier veins. The treatment is swift, and you can expect the veins to fade away within a few weeks to a month.
What are varicose and spider veins?
Varicose veins are thick, predominant veins that can be seen bulging beneath the skin of the legs. Varicose veins most commonly appear in the legs, and more rarely on other body areas. Varicose veins can cause more problems than simply being unsightly. They can be painful, throbbing, achy, and produce a feeling of burning, cramping, or cause your legs to cramp at night.
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Spider veins are thinner and twist outward forming a web of small blue veins visible beneath the skin. These often appear on the legs and face.
While there is no single cause of varicose or spider veins, they may come about due to genetics, obesity, standing on the job all day, birth control pill usage, or during pregnancy. Women are more likely to develop varicose and spider veins, but between 30 to 60 percent of adults have them.
Who should consider sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that produces excellent results. Sclerotherapy is often the best treatment to remove varicose and spider veins. If you have been experiencing pain, heaviness, cramping, burning or embarrassment due to varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy could be the right treatment for you.
What can I expect during sclerotherapy treatment?
During vein treatment, Dr. Ataii and his highly trained staff will inject a blend of sclerosant and saline into the vein. While you may feel a pinch from the needle and a slight burning or tingling sensation, there should be no other pain and there is no need for anesthesia. The procedure will only take 30 minutes or less. After treatment, you are free to return to your normal activities.
What can I expect after sclerotherapy?
Immediately after sclerotherapy, it is advised that you continue to move around to prevent blood clots from forming. It may be recommended that you wear compression stockings, and you may need to return for a follow-up treatment to ensure the treated veins have collapsed. It is estimated that sclerotherapy works in about 75 to 90 percent of cases, but to address them all, you may need to undergo several treatments.
What are the risks for sclerotherapy?
While sclerotherapy is a quick and non-invasive treatment with little risk or side effects, you should discuss your health history with Dr. Ataii. The most common side effect is bruising or pain at the injection site. Allergic reactions are very rare, but could result in burning sensation in the veins and changes in skin color. Very rarely a blood clot can form which could lead to a life-threatening embolism. If you experience dizziness or chest pain after sclerotherapy, you should seek medical treatment immediately.
Why choose Laser Cliniqúe for sclerotherapy?
Dr. Ataii and his highly-skilled team have performed thousands of procedures to help patients live more confident and fulfilling lives. A skilled doctor and renowned skincare specialist, Dr. Ataii has been serving patients from the San Diego area and beyond since 2005. To learn more about sclerotherapy from Laser Clinique, please reach out to schedule a consultation.