Many patients with spider veins or varicose veins feel self-conscious about their appearance or face irritating or painful symptoms. Sclerotherapy is a treatment option which has been in use for decades. This treatment effectively removes damaged and visible veins. Patients in the Poulsbo, Washington area can turn to West Sound Dermatology for sclerotherapy treatment.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment for varicose veins or spider veins. The treatment involves the injection of a solution directly into the damaged vein. This solution then irritates the lining of the treated vein, causing it to swell and collapse. Gradually, the body will reroute blood flow through a healthy nearby vein and the treated spider or varicose vein will become scar tissue and will no longer be visible. Sclerotherapy also helps relieve pain or discomfort associated with varicose veins.
After Sclerotherapy treatment, no downtime is required. You may drive yourself home and immediately return to your normal routine. Your provider will encourage you to walk and instruct you to wear compression stockings or wraps. You should avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications including aspirin or ibuprofen, taking a hot bath or directly exposing the treated area to sunlight.
Most patients will see their spider veins subside about 3-6 weeks after sclerotherapy. Larger varicose veins may take up to 3-4 months to disappear. Veins that respond to treatment should not reappear. However, new spider veins or varicose veins may emerge. In this case, you can repeat sclerotherapy.