If you have small varicose veins or spider veins, sclerotherapy provides a safe and effective treatment option with virtually no downtime. At Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, the team of board-certified vascular surgeons and vein and wound specialists has more than 20 years of experience and provides sclerotherapy on-site as an outpatient procedure. Schedule your flexible appointment today, book a consultation online, or call the nearest office and speak with a friendly staff member.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment used to minimize the appearance of varicose and spider veins. During sclerotherapy, your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider injects a medical-grade solution into one or several veins. The solution causes the vein to swell and scar, rerouting blood to healthier veins throughout your body.
Sclerotherapy has an excellent track record, but the results don’t appear overnight. Following treatment, it takes several weeks for each vein to collapse and disappear.
The team at Comprehensive Vascular Care typically recommends sclerotherapy for cosmetic purposes. For example, if you have varicose or spider veins that prevent you from wearing your favorite shorts or skirts, sclerotherapy can improve the appearance of your veins and skin.
You might also benefit from sclerotherapy if you have venous insufficiency or your varicose veins cause uncomfortable symptoms. Sclerotherapy can help minimize aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy, your Comprehensive Vascular Care provider conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms and lifestyle.
Let your provider know about any prescription medications you take regularly and if you have any allergies. If you take blood thinners, your provider might recommend stopping for at least a few weeks prior to your sclerotherapy appointment.
After gathering all of the necessary information, your provider makes a recommendation for treatment.
Comprehensive Vascular Care conducts sclerotherapy on-site as an outpatient procedure. You change into a hospital gown and sit or lie down on an exam table. Your provider applies a topical anesthetic to your legs and carefully injects a sclerosing solution (sclerant) into one or several veins.
Once the sclerant enters your body, it irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue and slowly fades away. Following treatment, your provider wraps your leg in a compression bandage. It’s important to walk and move your legs to prevent the formation of blood clots.
After sclerotherapy, you need to have a friend or family member drive you home. Take at least a day off of work and follow your provider’s recovery instructions carefully. That includes regularly walking and avoiding strenuous exercise for about two weeks. You also need to attend several follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.
Because Comprehensive Vascular Care uses the latest treatment techniques and medications, there’s very little risk of complications. You can return to your normal routine quickly without an extensive recovery period or downtime.
To explore sclerotherapy further, schedule an appointment at Comprehensive Vascular Care. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.