At The Vein Center, we specialize in treating your veins for both medical and aesthetic reasons. While many patients who have varicose and spider veins don’t experience any related symptoms, they often choose to get rid of them due to their unappealing appearance. Sclerotherapy can quickly and effectively eliminate these nuisance veins with quick, easy treatment. Contact us today at our Fort Myers office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eliot Hoffman and learn more about sclerotherapy.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that destroys types of varicose and spider veins. The treatment is a simple injection of medicated solution into the veins being treated using an ultra fine needle. This solution irritates the walls of the blood vessel, causing it collapse in on itself. The vein then completely disappears within a period of three to six weeks.
This procedure is usually performed from the comfort of our office and does not typically require anesthesia. Patients undergoing sclerotherapy generally need between three and six treatments before their varicose and spider veins are completely removed, although this can vary depending on your condition. Thirty to forty veins can be treated during each session, and each session takes about 20 minutes, providing minimal disruption to normal activities.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Although any symptoms experienced by your venous deficiencies may feel immediate relief after sclerotherapy, it may take several weeks for the body to remove the veins. During this process, a light walking regimen is usually recommended in order to facilitate proper circulation and prevent clotting. Sclerotherapy typically requires no aftercare or special post-treatment instructions, although our medical team may advise you on ways you can prevent spider and varicose veins from recurring in the future, such as increasing your physical exercise and wearing compression stockings.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects of sclerotherapy are mild and can include:
- Tiny skin sores
- Darkened skin in lines or spots
- Raised red areas
More severe complications such as blood clotting, inflammation, allergic reactions, visual disturbances, headaches are rare but should be given immediate medical attention.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Most people can safely undergo sclerotherapy, although your candidacy can depend on the types of veins being treated. During your initial consultation with our medical team, we will take into account your medical history and current health to determine if sclerotherapy is right for you or if another vein removal option may yield better results. Visit our top-rated cardiologists in Fort Myers.
Contact The Vein Center today to schedule a consultation and find out how sclerotherapy can safely and effectively remove spider and varicose veins from your body without extensive surgery or downtime. We can help answer questions such as “What are spider veins?” and more. Our friendly staff will teach you about vein compression, spider and varicose vein removal.