Traditionally, cosmetically displeasing spider and varicose veins needed to be surgically removed. With advances in medicine and vascular science, this method is no longer necessary. At Rao Dermatology, our sclerotherapy treatments clear vascular conditions safely and non-surgically.
Rao Dermatology has locations in Fresno, California; Hanford, California; Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our medical team and find out if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Designed specifically for spider and varicose veins, sclerotherapy involves injecting a medical solution directly into affected veins. This is typically an in-office procedure and takes about an hour or less.
During the procedure, you will be made comfortable while our medical team injects the solution using a fine needle. A slight pricking sensation may be experienced, but typically this procedure does not cause any pain.
The solution, which is typically in liquid form, works by irritating the lining of the treated veins, causing them to swell shut and block blood flow. At Rao Dermatology, our medical team is highly experienced in this procedure, reducing the risk of the solution leaking into surrounding tissues.
Once the needle is withdrawn, the treated area may be compressed or massaged to help redirect blood flow and disperse the solution. Over time, the body will naturally remove the coagulated veins and replace them with scar tissue that will fade over time.
What Happens After Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Our medical team will observe you for a short while after treatment to ensure that no adverse reactions take place. It is important to get up and walk around after sclerotherapy treatment to prevent the formulation of blood clots.
You may be advised to wear compression stockings or bandages for a few weeks depending on the extent of your treatment. Our medical team may also prescribe a daily walking regimen to maintain proper circulation during healing. Most patients can return to normal activities after treatment.
When Will I See Results?
While smaller spider and varicose veins are completely removed in about three to six weeks, it may take months to see results for larger veins. Treated veins are eliminated permanently, but new veins may develop in their place in the future.
During your consultation with our medical team, your individual condition, risks, and expectations will be discussed. In some cases, multiple sessions may be needed to achieve desired results.
We also have multiple lasers available as an alternative vein therapy, which can be discussed during your consultation.
Contact Rao Dermatology today to schedule a consultation with our medical team and find out how sclerotherapy can safely and comfortably remove your spider and varicose veins.