Treating Veins With Sclerotherapy
What are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?
Most of these side effects can be avoided completely if Sclerotherapy is performed by an experienced physician
The side effects of sclerotherapy treatments can include:
- Mild pain from the injection
- Temporary swelling
- Allergic reactions (rare)
- Nerve damage (rare)
- Capillary dilation (telangiectatic matting)
- Vasovagal reflex
- Skin damage (cutaneous necrosis, rare)
- Arterial injection
- Superficial thrombophlebitis
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Migraine headaches
What are the Pros & Cons of Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Pros of Sclerotherapy for Spider and Varicose Veins
The biggest advantage of sclerotherapy treatment is that іt’s not a surgery and does not require lots of preparation or a lengthy recovery. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (Office on Women’s Health), the treatment can be performed in-office and doesn’t require any type of anesthesia.
Anоthеr advantage оf sclerotherapy treatment іѕ that іt has minimal impact on the life of a patient. The treatment can be done wіthіn 30 minutes or even less. There’s no need to recuperate or rest up after the injections, and most patients find that they are able to return to their regular activities as soon as possible.
Cons of Sclerotherapy for Spider and Varicose Veins
No treatment is ever perfect, and not all treatment is right for everybody. There are some cons to sclerotherapy treatment. One potential disadvantage of the treatment is that it doesn’t necessarily work on all patients.
However, it is typically recommended for spider veins and for smaller varicose veins. People with very prominent or large veins usually see better results from a combination of different procedures and sclerotherapy may need to be used in combination with radiofrequency ablation or VenaSeal.
Sclerotherapy Treatment FAQ
What can Sclerotherapy treat?
Sclerotherapy can be used to treat large insufficient veins OR to treat spider veins on the surface of the leg for cosmetic purposes. To treat larger veins, your doctor will numb the area above the vein with an anesthetic, then place an IV in the vein before injecting the vein with sclerotherapy under ultrasound guidance. To treat spider veins on a cosmetic basis, your doctor uses a tiny needle and injects directly into the spider veins.
How long does sclerotherapy treatment take?
Sclerotherapy treatment can take between 10 to 30 minutes.
Is sclerotherapy painful?
No. Sclerotherapy is a nearly painless procedure. Some patients might experience mild discomfort while the sclerosant agent spreads.
Dr. Michael Nguyen
VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School
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.