Winter is a Great Time for Sclerotherapy

More than 40% of women have some form of problematic veins in their legs. There are spider veins, which appears as red or purple squiggles, and their more serious cousins, varicose veins, which bulge and are more likely to be blue.

At Suffolk Vascular and Vein Center with three locations on Long Island, New York, our skilled vascular surgeons and vein specialists can diagnose your vein health, identify veins that can be treated, and provide help in the form of minimally invasive therapies like sclerotherapy.

Spider veins vs. varicose veins

Spider veins are capillaries (which are the smallest blood vessels in the body). When tiny, one-way valves inside these capillaries fail, blood gets trapped and the veins enlarged until they show through the skin. They aren’t dangerous, but can make you feel uncomfortable when wearing shorts, skirts, or swimwear.

Varicose veins are more serious, as they signal that blood pressure in the veins has increased significantly, causing the veins to stand out in a ropy pattern. Blood clots that form inside varicose veins can, in severe cases, cause deep venous thrombosis, a potentially fatal condition in which a clot travels to the heart or a lung.

Sclerotherapy vein treatment

Sclerotherapy can help to collapse veins that have ceased to function properly. During this process, we carefully inject a sclerosing agent into the veins needing treatment. This substance causes the vein to close, preventing further blood from entering. The insides of the veins become irritated and then fuse together. The blood flow is diverted to nearby healthy veins.

Typically, sclerotherapy doesn’t hurt. You might feel a slight itching or faint burning sensation as we inject the agent. Then your veins might be a little red and swollen for a couple of days. Larger veins might harden a little before starting to subside. 

The treated veins slowly start to disintegrate, and your body’s natural lymphatic system flushes them away as a form of body waste. Shortly afterward, you’ll finally be happy with the appearance of your legs and feeling confident.

Why winter is the best time to get sclerotherapy treatment 

You can’t have direct sun exposure, tan, or use a tanning bed for at least two weeks before or after sclerotherapy. You might need to wear compression socks for a few weeks if your vein problems are severe or if we have to treat multiple veins. 

Having your procedure done in the winter means your legs can be fully healed and ready for beachwear by the time summer rolls around. 

If you are considering sclerotherapy as a varicose vein or spider vein treatment, book an appointment using our convenient online system or call our nearest Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center location. 

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