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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective method of treating small to medium sized varicose veins as well as spider veins and reticular veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the diseased vein with a solution that causes irritation of the lining of the vein. The veins collapse and are gradually reabsorbed by the body and disappear. Blood flow is re-routed to the remaining healthy veins and normal circulation is restored. Because no incisions are created, sclerotherapy usually does not leave a scar.

A single sclerotherapy treatment session may involve one to many injections. The number of treatment sessions needed varies greatly and depends on the type and number of veins treated, as well as the level of cosmetic perfection desired.

This procedure is performed in the Vein Center and usually causes only minimal discomfort. No anesthesia is used. The sensation is similar to a pinprick or mosquito bite. Bruising and pigmentation sometimes occurs after sclerotherapy. Bruising usually disappears in one to two weeks. Although pigmentation almost always fades completely, it can last for several months. Scarring and other complications have been reported, but are quite rare.

After the treatment is completed, light compression stockings are applied. These are worn from one to three days to assist in the resolution of the veins. Normal activities can be resumed upon leaving the Vein Center.

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