If twisted, painful varicose veins are affecting the health and appearance of your legs, it may be time to consider sclerotherapy. At Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center, with offices in Hauppauge, Riverhead, and Port Jefferson Station, New York, you can receive in-office sclerotherapy to permanently eliminate damaged veins. The vascular specialists also offer guidance to reduce your risk for new varicose and spider veins down the road. Find out if you’re a candidate for sclerotherapy by calling the office nearest you, or request an appointment online today.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. Your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center specialist uses a small needle to inject a solution into the affected veins, which causes them to close off.
The special solution causes irritation in the lining of your vein, causing it to swell. The sides of the vein become stuck together, no longer allowing blood to flow through the treated vein.
Over time, your blood will re-route to nearby, healthy veins while your spider and varicose vein tissues will shrink and be absorbed by your body.
For some people, sclerotherapy is useful for eliminating noticeable varicose veins and spider veins to enhance the appearance of their legs. You may also require sclerotherapy if you have pain, aching, burning, or swelling in your legs due to varicose veins.
Your doctor at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center determines if sclerotherapy is right for you after examining your legs and reviewing your medical history.
Your doctor performs sclerotherapy on an outpatient procedure, making sure you’re comfortable during the injection.
You may feel some mild burning as the solution is injected into the damaged veins using a fine needle. Depending on how many veins you’re treating, the procedure typically takes less than an hour.
Following your sclerotherapy procedure, you may have soreness, bruising, and redness at the injection sites, which typically resolves within a few days.
It takes time for the treated veins to disappear and larger veins may become hard and bumpy before they begin to shrink.
Spider veins generally take a month to go away, while larger varicose veins need four months or longer to disappear. Once treated, the damaged veins can’t grow back.
To prevent spider and varicose veins from appearing later, your Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center specialist can discuss lifestyle changes, such as getting more physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.
If you’d like to improve the look and health of your legs by eliminating varicose and spider veins, schedule a consultation at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center. You can book an appointment online or call the office nearest you.