WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Sclerotherapy treatments are nonsurgical procedures that are commonly used to treat spider and varicose veins. Essentially, sclerotherapy vein treatments disrupt blood flow in the diseased vein causing the vessel to break down and disappear. Sclerotherapy uses a sclerosant medicine injected into the diseased vein. These treatments are available from Tennessee board-certified vascular surgeons at the Vein Centre in Franklin, Mount Juliet, and Nashville locations.
BENEFITS OF SCLEROTHERAPY
- Performed cosmetically
- Immediate pain relief
- Completed in less than an hour
- No anesthesia
- Smaller needles for less discomfort
SCLEROTHERAPY FOR VARICOSE & SPIDER VEIN TREATMENTS
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that injects a saline solution into the diseased blood vessels. Once the medicine enters the diseased vein, it works to irritate and collapse the vein wall. Once the vein wall has collapsed, the blood is sent to other parts of the body.
Sclero treatments can involve multiple injections per treatment, depending on the patient’s needs. However, patients often report less discomfort with sclerotherapy than with other spider vein treatments. The sclerosant medicine is typically a saline solution. If the diseased spider or varicose veins are larger, the sclerosant can be administered as a foam.
RECOVERY FROM SCLEROTHERAPY
After sclerotherapy, patients are required to wear prescription-strength compression stockings for several days. Usually, patients can stop wearing the stockings during the day after 48 hours. The stockings should still be worn at night. This is the standard recovery procedure after treatments for both spider veins and varicose veins.
There is no need for compression stockings after laser therapy and you can resume your daily activities immediately. Depending on your treatment plan, a follow-up laser therapy session should be scheduled. Most laser therapy plans allow for 4-6 weeks between appointments.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF VARICOSE/SPIDER VEIN TREATMENT?
Common side effects of sclerotherapy are minor, and usually fade within a few days. Patients may experience some itching or bruising around the treatment site. Another side effect may be raised red areas where the veins were injected, and should disappear in a matter of days. If this happens, ibuprofen or another pain reliever can be taken to reduce inflammation.
Rarer side effects include a hardening or lumping of the treated veins. Local skin discoloration and smaller veins growing around the treatment site are also less common side effects.
If you notice these symptoms, do not be alarmed, they are natural physical reactions and will fade in time. While they are harmless, these side effects can take a while to heal. Therefore, if you notice these side effects, you can expect them to fade within a few months. Consult with your doctor if you have any questions about the side effects of spider vein treatments.
Learn more about why most patients prefer the benefits of having sclerotherapy treatments in winter months from Dr. Keyser in the video below.
ABOUT TREATMENT AT THE VEIN CENTRE OF NASHVILLE
If you’re considering your treatment options to remove unwanted spider or varicose veins, come visit the Vein Centre in Franklin, Mt. Juliet, or Belle Meade Tennessee. With over 70 years of combined vascular surgery experience, we bring leading service to Music City and Middle Tennessee.
At the Vein Centre Nashville offices, we also offer treatment for varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. Our long term goal is to help patients reduce pain by diagnosing and treating the root of their vein disease. To learn more about your treatment options, we have provided a free digital consultation for you here on our website. You can also set up an in-office consultation to talk with a vascular surgeon face-to-face.
Healthy veins don’t have to be a thing of the past. Preview our before and after gallery images below to see some of our most recent patient’s results.