Sclerotherapy is one of the most advanced treatments for correcting the cosmetic appearance of varicose and spider veins available today, and is prized for its excellent results. Sclerotherapy is a frequent treatment choice especially for small varicose veins and can even address painful symptoms that may occur such as aching, swelling, etc.
Sclerotherapy relies on injecting a solution directly into the vein which then causes the vein to scar and blood to redirect through healthier veins. Afterwards the collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and over time, fades away.
At Metro Pain and Vein Centers. Dr. Sood has carried out thousands of vein procedures and specializes in sclerotherapy. If you experience spider veins or varicose veins, Dr. Sood will meet with you during a complimentary consultation to customize a treatment that may include sclerotherapy, which is often covered by insurance. For optimum results, most patients require 2-4 treatments for optimum results.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and spider veins. It involves injecting chemicals, known as sclerosing agents, into damaged veins.
During sclerotherapy, you lay down on your back on a treatment table with your legs slightly elevated. Dr. Sood then inserts a very fine needle filled with solution into the treated vein. This liquid solution causes the lining of the vein to swell shut and block the flow of blood.
In most cases, sclerotherapy is a painless procedure.
After treatment, the veins usually fade within a few weeks. Sometimes it may take six weeks to a month and require 2-4 treatments for full results. In most cases, there is about a 50-75% improvement after each procedure.
In cases when veins are causing medical problems such as swelling or pain, then insurance will frequently cover sclerotherapy. However, if your treatment is purely for cosmetic purposes reasons, insurance providers usually do not cover the procedure.
It is recommended that compression stockings be worn for three days post-procedure. A follow-up visit within two weeks is also recommended.