The Complete Guide to Sclerotherapy Treatment

Feb 2, 2019

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Sclerotherapy for Spider and Varicose Vein Removal

Varicose veins and spider veins are uncomfortable and unsightly. Fortunately, you don’t have to live with this condition. Advanced treatment methods reduce or eliminate protruding veins quickly, and procedures can be performed at your vein treatment clinic.

Sclerotherapy treatment is one of the most popular options for managing vein disease. This procedure is fast, minimally invasive, and highly effective. Your vein doctor uses a medical injection to permanently close unhealthy veins, and blood is automatically rerouted through healthier vessels. The tissue from the closed veins is reabsorbed by your body, erasing the prominent veins.

Speak with your vein doctor in New York or you vein specialist in New Jersey about whether sclerotherapy treatment is right for you.

What Causes Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?

Your heart pumps blood through your arteries and veins, so that it can carry oxygen to all of the organs and tissues in your body. Arteries carry oxygenated blood away from the heart, and veins bring deoxygenated blood back to the heart so it can pick up a fresh supply. Veins have a more difficult job, because they are working against gravity to move blood from your lower half to the heart. Fortunately, they have a secret weapon to help the process along.

A series of tiny one-way valves are located at strategic points throughout the vessels. They open to let blood pass, and then they close to prevent any backflow. When these valves become diseased or damaged, blood leaks through. It pools in the lower part of your body, putting pressure on other valves and the vessel walls.

This pressure causes damage to your veins, and they often begin to swell. When they take on a thick, twisted, rope-like appearance and protrude against the surface of the skin, they are referred to as varicose veins. When they look like a net or web of blue, purple, or red just below the surface of the skin, they are referred to as spider veins.

One of the most common causes of varicose veins and spider veins is a condition called Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). Though it affects a large percentage of Americans, this condition often goes undiagnosed. Physicians who do not specialize in venous disorders lack the equipment, experience, and expertise to identify the signs of vein disease. Unfortunately, this means that treatment plans simply focus on the symptoms – varicose veins and spider veins – instead of the underlying cause.

When you choose either a vein doctor in New York or a vein dcotor in New Jersey, you can be sure that you will get the specialized care necessary for an accurate diagnosis. You will also receive a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the cause of your varicose veins and spider veins, as well as the unhealthy veins themselves.

How does Sclerotherapy Treatment Work?

The beauty of sclerotherapy treatment is that you don’t have to see a vascular surgeon or check into a hospital for the procedure. It is minimally invasive and doesn’t require anesthesia, so your vein specialist can perform the treatment at the Vein Treatment Center of your preference. Before your appointment, your physician may ask you to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs, certain supplements, and specific prescription medication. Otherwise, very little preparation is necessary.

Your vein doctor will apply a local anesthetic to the injection site, so that you don’t experience any discomfort. A slight incision is made in your skin so that your physician can access the veins being treated, then medication is delivered to the unhealthy vein or veins using a fine needle. Usually, the incisions are so small, they don’t even require stitches.

Sclerotherapy treatment takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on the number of veins being treated. Recovery time is minimal, and once the treated veins are fully closed, the swelling associated with varicose veins will start to go down. The appearance of varicose veins and spider veins gets fainter, and eventually the tissue is fully reabsorbed by your body. The length of time before you see results depends on the size of the vein. Tissue from a larger vein takes a bit longer to be reabsorbed. However, you should start to notice changes within a few days.

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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.

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What are the Risks and Side Effects of Sclerotherapy Treatment?

There are some side effects associated with sclerotherapy treatment. One of the most common is a sensation of cramping around the injected veins during the procedure. This discomfort is usually described as mild, and it lasts for just a minute or two.

After your treatment, you may experience some itching around the treated areas. Some patients notice raised red welts and/or bruising near the injection site. These side effects usually go away within a few days.

Sclerotherapy treatment has a long history, and it has been proven both safe and effective. Of course, any medical procedure carries some risk. These are a few to keep in mind:

  • You may experience an allergic reaction to the medical injection. Such reactions are rarely serious, and they tend to occur while you are still in your doctor’s office. You can be sure that your physician is fully prepared to manage this issue if it occurs.
  • Brown spots or lines might appear where the treated vein was located. These generally disappear within three to six months, but for some patients, the spots or lines are permanent.
  • In some cases, a network of small new veins develops in the area where the treated vein was located. Usually, there is no need to treat this issue, as the new veins vanish on their own within three to twelve months.

Certain side effects require immediate action. You should contact your vein doctor and seek emergency care if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Inflammation near the groin
  • Sudden swelling in your leg
  • Ulcers appearing at the site of the injection

These are signs of a more serious reaction to the treatment, and you must address them right away.

How Long is Recovery and What After-Care is Required?

Once your treatment is complete, you are free to resume nearly all of your normal activities right away. However, your vein doctor will ask you to stay away from these until you have had a follow-up visit:

  • Strenuous exercise
  • Hot baths
  • Whirlpools, hot tubs, and saunas
  • Hot compresses
  • Direct sunlight

You can and should do plenty of walking, and you can still shower – just be sure that the water temperature is on the cooler side. Your doctor will also recommend that you wear compression stockings to encourage healthy circulation in your legs during the healing process.

If you experience any discomfort, your vein doctor will suggest an appropriate over-the-counter pain reliever. Usually, it is best to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs in favor of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Speak to your physician before taking any medication until you have fully recovered.

The Board-Certified vein doctors at the Vein Treatment Center have specialized education and experience in diagnosing and treating venous disorders. You can rely on their expertise to ensure you get the best possible treatment for your unique needs. Schedule an appointment online or call the Vein Treatment Clinic at 212-470-0899 to learn more about the treatment options that are available to you.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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Dr. Michael Nguyen

VENOUS SPECIALIST | TRIPLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | Double Certified
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DIPLOMAT-CERTIFIED
Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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Dr. Faisal Siddiqi

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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Dr. Juan Montoya

VASCULAR SPECIALIST | NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

Dr. Montoya performs the latest minimally-invasive vein treatments to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency; a condition that leads to spider veins and varicose veins, along with symptoms such as leg cramping, pain, and fatigue.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

Meet our diplomat-certified team

Dr. Calvin Jung

VEIN SPECIALIST | DOUBLE CERTIFIED
Dr. Calvin Jung is a double Board Certified Venous Specialist, serving as director and clinical trainer for
the Vein Treatment Centers in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive techniques for spider veins and varicose vein removal, completely avoiding the need for surgical procedures or any unnecessary downtime. Dr. Jung's focus is on restoring patients back to health so that they can enjoy the activities they love most.

Vein treatments at our Texas spider vein clinic are often covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us today to verify yours!

Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
Read more >>

Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
Read more >>

Simon
Smith MD

DIPLOMAT- CERTIFIED
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
Read more >>

Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
Read more >>

Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
Read more >>

Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

DOUBE CERTIFIED
NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung specializes in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
Read more >>
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