Using sclerotherapy to address spider and varicose veins
- Posted on: Jul 30 2020
Spider veins and varicose veins that develop on the legs can be unsightly, and in the case of varicose veins, uncomfortable. Varicose veins can cause issues including itching, aching, and cramping of the legs. These diseased veins are more than just cosmetic and can be treated with the help of a professional. The team at the Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England is here to assist with a treatment known as sclerotherapy.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment used for spider and varicose veins. It uses a sclerosing gel that can close up the vein permanently and allow the body to absorb it. Blood in the veins will be redirected to healthier veins in the legs to maintain circulation, and the visibility of these veins is eliminated. Patients are advised that this is a process that does not happen overnight. The injections are done directly into the veins in the office. Patients then wear compression garments and follow the aftercare instructions provided by our team after their first treatment. In some cases, several injections may be needed, especially for larger, more noticeable veins in the legs.
Who is a candidate for sclerotherapy?
Most patients with spider and varicose veins are appropriate candidates for sclerotherapy. While we also offer laser treatments for spider and varicose veins, we always recommend the use of injections first. This is one of the most reliable options for treating veins. In certain situations, our team may recommend laser treatments to patients.
Is sclerotherapy permanent?
Yes! Once a vein is closed up, it will not redevelop at a later time. However, even though the blood is redirected, varicose and spider veins can develop elsewhere.
The team at Skin and Laser Surgery Center of New England in New Hampshire and Massachusetts work with patients to assist them in improving various aspects of their skin and body. If you are thinking of addressing spider and varicose veins in the leg, our team may be able to help. Call one of our three office locations servicing Nashua, Chelmsford, and Revere to learn more about this and other services available to new and current patients.
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