For the removal of spider veins and varicose veins, sclerotherapy is an effective treatment option. Sclerotherapy is available to patients at Bay Dermatology in Tampa, and it may reduce both pain and aesthetic abnormalities caused by damaged veins. Continue reading to learn more about this effective treatment option.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat damaged veins, namely spider veins and varicose veins. This treatment is in the form of an injection of sclerosing agents, a formula designed to minimize side effects from damaged veins.
Sclerotherapy is currently the top treatment option for spider veins and varicose veins. Damaged veins are a common concern among Americans and may cause pain and discoloration, among other side effects. Women are generally more likely to get varicose veins, but everyone is at risk for them.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
In sclerotherapy, sclerosing agents are injected into the damaged vein. Polidocanol, hypertonic saline solutions, and sodium tetradecyl sulfate are commonly used sclerosing agents in this procedure.
These agents work by prompting the vein to close off and collapse. Blood becomes unable to run through the damaged vein and is rerouted to healthy veins. Eventually, the damaged vein will be absorbed by your body. After it’s absorbed, the damaged vein fades, making both discoloration and discomfort less apparent.
During sclerotherapy, your doctor will have you lie on your back with your legs elevated. The area surrounding the damaged veins will then be cleaned with alcohol. The sclerosing agent is generally in the form of a foam or a liquid solution and is injected with a small needle. The injection is typically followed up with massage and compression to prevent blood flow to the area and ensure that the solution has been distributed evenly.
What Are The Benefits of Sclerotherapy?
- Sclerotherapy is minimally invasive and can be completed in a single visit to your dermatologist’s office.
- Sclerotherapy can relieve pain from vein side effects including discoloration, aching, burning, itching, cramps, and swelling.
- Results from sclerotherapy start to become visible just a few weeks after treatment, with full results becoming apparent up to two months after treatment.
- Multiple veins may be treated using sclerotherapy in a single office visit. Multiple injections may be administered, with the amount of injections determined by the size and number of damaged veins to be treated.
- Patients are able to walk and return to regular activities immediately after treatment. Movement after treatment is essential to reap the full benefits from the procedure.
If you suffer from damaged veins, contact Bay Dermatology in Tampa today to learn if sclerotherapy is the right treatment option for you.