Varicose Veins (Sclerotherapy)
When faulty veins don’t do their job, they allow blood to pool and cause discolorations on the surface of the skin, resembling the tiny red and blue tracings on a roadmap known as varicose veins. Safe, minimally invasive, and almost painless vein treatments like sclerotherapy can reduce the appearance of varicose veins, and restore healthier circulation.
VARICOSE VEINS PROCEDURE
Varicose veins procedures, known as sclerotherapy, are a simple in-office procedure that can be accomplished in under an hour at our Westchester clinic. The exact time depends on the number and size of varicose veins to be treated. The treated area will be positioned to allow gravity to help move blood away from the problem vein, then an injection will introduce a sclerosing agent into the faulty blood vessel. You may feel a temporary burning sensation or experience cramping in the area of the injection site.
The sclerosing agent causes the walls of the blood vessel to draw together until the non-working vein collapses into itself, forcing blood to use healthier veins to return to the heart. Over time, the treated vein is absorbed by the surrounding tissue, so the spidery “roadmap” on the skin’s surface is improved. Depending on the size and location of the vein, several treatments may be needed to achieve the best results.
There is usually no recovery period associated with sclerotherapy, and in most cases you’ll be able to walk immediately after treatment. Bed rest is not recommended, but it is advisable to take it easy for a day or two. You will be advised to wear compression stockings or use elastic bandages for several weeks following treatment.