What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment option for varicose and spider veins that uses a solution injected directly into the affected vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy is typically performed in a doctor’s office or clinic and doesn’t require general anesthesia. It’s considered a safe and effective procedure with minimal recovery time.
At Suburban Vein Center, our Michigan vein doctor offers sclerotherapy to those looking to rid their varicose or spider vein appearance. If you’re interested in learning more about your vein condition and the treatment options available, call our office at (248) 480-0368.
Who Needs Sclerotherapy?
Individuals who suffer from varicose or spider veins may qualify for sclerotherapy. Varicose veins are large, blue, or purple bulging veins seen through the skin. They can cause discomfort, and aching. They may also lead to other complications, such as blood clots. Spider veins are smaller, red, or blue veins that appear on the surface of the skin. They’re not considered dangerous but can be unsightly and cause self-esteem issues.
Preparing for Sclerotherapy
Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Zmily to discuss your vein condition and treatment options. He’ll perform a physical examination to determine the best course of treatment. You’ll need to stop taking any blood thinners, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, before the procedure. Also, you’ll be asked to wear compression stockings before and after the procedure.
The procedure typically takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the number and size of the veins being treated. You’ll lie down, and our vein doctor will use a small needle to inject the irritating solution directly into the targeted vein. The solution will cause the vein to swell and the blood to stick together. Your vein will then scar, forcing blood to relocate through healthier veins. The old, collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and will disappear over time.
Your entire sclerotherapy process will only take a few short weeks, but in some cases, several treatments are needed.
After the procedure, you’ll be asked to walk around for a short period to help encourage blood flow in the treated area. Avoid strenuous activity and elevate your legs when sitting or lying down. Dr. Zmily will inform you of how long to wear compression stockings after your sclerotherapy procedure.
Most individuals will be able to return to their daily routines on the same day as their procedure.
Possible Side Effects
Sclerotherapy is a simple and safe procedure. However, just like any medical procedure, it does come will a small percentage of risk and possible side effects. Those side effects may include:
- Minor discomfort, itching, and redness at the injection site
- Bruising or discoloration of the skin at the injection site
- Swelling of the treated area
- Allergic reactions to the solution used in the procedure
- Blood clots in the treated vein (rare)
- Lumps or hardening in the treated area (rare)
- Pigmentation changes in the treated area (rare)
If you’re concerned about any side effects you may be experiencing after your treatment, please call our Michigan office at (248) 480-0368, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sclerotherapy is often covered by insurance if it’s determined to be a medical necessity. However, it’s best to check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details.
The results of sclerotherapy are typically considered permanent but temporary. The reason being is that while the treated veins will disappear over time, it doesn’t stop new varicose or spider veins from developing.
For most patients, the sclerotherapy injection isn’t painful. The slight pinch of a needle is likely the only thing you’ll feel during treatment.
On average, most patients will need around two to four sclerotherapy sessions. While complete elimination of the varicose or spider veins isn’t guaranteed, most patients will see significant improvement in the appearance of their veins in the weeks following treatment.
Schedule Your Consultation With Our Michigan Vein Doctor
Ready to see your spider veins or varicose veins disappear? Sclerotherapy may be the best treatment option for you. To schedule your consultation with our Michigan vein doctor, call our office today at (248) 480-0368. You can also get in touch by filling out our online contact form for more information.
We proudly serve patients throughout Michigan with our four convenient locations in Detroit, Taylor, Rochester, and Troy.