Laser Vein Removal

Sclerotherapy For Varicose Veins & Spider Veins
Even the most shapely legs can look less attractive with bumpy blue varicose veins or sprawling spider veins. Those veins can be diminished with today’s advances and technologies in vein treatment. It’s no surprise, then, that vein surgery is one of today’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedures.

Known by many names including telangiectasias, broken capillaries and broken vessels, vein surgery, called sclerotherapy, is most commonly performed on the legs. A solution is injected into the vein using a tiny needle. The solution causes the vein to either become less obvious or disappear The veins that are treated are not necessary to the circulatory system, so they can be removed or treated without posing a health problem. Spider veins and varicose veins differ. Spider veins appear as sunbursts or a web pattern. Varicose veins are larger, sometimes raised and are often blue.


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This page will give you a basic idea of sclerotherapy/vein surgery, including who are the best candidates, how it can help, how it’s performed and what results you can expect. Your physician can discuss your individual circumstances and review the procedure and the technique he or she plans to use with you. It is important that you understand the procedure, so be sure to ask your physician any questions you may still have.

Are You A Good Candidate?
Sclerotherapy/vein surgery can help delete or minimize spider veins and superficial varicose veins. Larger varicose veins — the size of a pencil or more can be removed through a new procedure called ambulatory phlebotomy using a fine ½ cm incision to remove them. It is important, however, to remember that improvement, not perfection, is the goal. The best candidates are healthy individuals with realistic expectations.

No one knows for sure what causes spider veins or varicose veins, but it seems to run in some families. Also, trauma to the legs can cause the condition, as can long periods of standing or sitting. Women are more prone to the condition than men.

What is Sclerotherapy?
During the procedure a sclerosing solution is injected into the vein through a micro-needle. The tiny needle generally causes very little pain. The sclerosing solution causes the vein to blanch (turn white), then gradually disappear. A typical treatment may last for 15 to 20 minutes and consist of multiple injections. Injection sclerotherapy may eliminate the need a surgical procedure.


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Will Sclerotherapy work on my veins?
Prior to treatment we will review your complete medical history to determine how long you have had a problem with your veins and the severity of the problem. We need to know if the problem is exacerbated by physical activity and if there has been any prior surgery or treatment on your veins. The doctor will test to determine if the venous system is affected. If it is, surgery may be advised before sclerotherapy is attempted. If the area to be treated can be saved, sclerotherapy will be recommended.

How many treatments will I need?
Complete correction of the treated area is not expected on the first treatment. In most cases, about 50-70% of the treated vessels will be gone for good. However, new veins may appear and additional treatments are generally required for optimum results. These treatments may be in three-week intervals.

There Are Risks In All Surgical Procedures
Sclerotherapy / vein surgery is usually a safe procedure with infrequent complications. When performed by a qualified physician, this popular procedure can help you achieve a more harmonious look.

To help ensure a successful outcome, the patient should be a good candidate, the physician should be well trained in vein surgery techniques, the surgical facility should be properly equipped and the patient should follow the doctor’s instructions and advice.


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While complications are unusual, you should discuss the risks and possible side effects with your doctor Complications may include reddish blotches, most of which will disappear in six to twelve months, and discoloration. New spider veins may eventually appear over time. For more advanced cases, or with larger veins, vascular surgery may need to be performed. Your physician will also discuss the technique he or she intends to use. In a few cases, a second, minor corrective surgery may need to be performed to achieve the optimal look.

You should have realistic expectations and realize that while most of the change will be apparent within a few weeks, several treatments may need to be done over a period of several weeks to months to achieve the desired results.

The New You
Each year, thousands of people enjoy the new look of their legs. Keep in mind that healing is a gradual process. Your results will be apparent within a few weeks after your procedure, but the full effect — and treatments — may take several months.

If you are interested in learning more about Sclerotherapy, please call our Centers and we will be happy to answer your questions.

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