Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive, safe and effective method of getting rid of unwanted spider veins.

A typical treatment lasts less than 30 minutes, and you can walk out of the office and return to your normal activities right away. No matter where spider veins appear on your body, the trained specialists at the Varicose Vein Center of New York City use the latest techniques in sclerotherapy to remove them and give you back the youthful look you desire.

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Doctors have successfully used sclerotherapy to treat impaired blood vessels for more than 150 years. Thanks to cutting-edge technologies, sclerotherapy for spider veins is now a minimally invasive procedure. Your New York vein doctor, Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New York City, injects a chemical saline solution into a damaged vein. This solution causes the vein to shrink and collapse. The blood then flows through nearby veins, and the body eventually absorbs the shriveled vein tissue.

By destroying these damaged blood vessels, sclerotherapy clears the skin and removes any blue, yellow or red lines caused by spider veins.

Along with spider veins, sclerotherapy can also treat other vein conditions, such as:

 

When Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider Veins Works

While spider veins usually aren’t painful, they can lead to a dull aching, especially if they’re present in your legs. The small spider web-like visible veins also may signal other, more serious conditions such as venous insufficiency. Choose a vein specialist trained in extensive and proven vein treatments, such as Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New York City.


At one of his three NYC offices, you receive a proper diagnosis and effective sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins and other venous diseases.
In the experienced hands of your NYC vein doctor, spider vein sclerotherapy is ideal for:

  • Removing unsightly veins on your face, hands and arms, where they’re most visible
  • Relieving swelling and aching associated with spider veins, often felt in your legs and feet
  • Preventing further damage to your veins

Not everyone is a candidate for sclerotherapy. You may not be able to undergo the treatment if you’re:

  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Prone to blood clots

 

What Is Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins?

During your initial consultation, your New York vein doctor performs a thorough physical exam and carefully evaluates your medical history. He talks to you about your symptoms and your cosmetic goals. He may order an ultrasound of the troubled area to get a clearer view of your veins.

The sclerotherapy treatment requires you to lie on your back while elevating your legs. Your doctor cleans the location to be treated and then injects a chemical solution into your spider veins using a thin needle. Some injections contain lidocaine to provide a local anesthetic. The solution coats the interior of the vein wall and causes it to swell, collapse and prevent further blood flow. The vein eventually turns into scar tissue and disappears.

The number of injections depends on how many veins you want to have treated. Once Dr. Gorelik finishes administering the injections, he applies compression and massages the area to keep blood out of the treated veins. The procedure takes between 20 to 30 minutes, and you can get up and walk around when it’s over.

 

No Side Effects from Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy causes few side effects, especially when you rely on a doctor with exceptional skills and extensive experience such as Dr. Dmitry Gorelik. Any sensations from the procedure are mild and temporary. Any other short-term effects usually disappear within a few days.
It’s possible that you experience some mild bruising at the injection site, but that’s normal and fades quickly. More serious complications are rare. Most, like mild swelling, can be treated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen.

 

Sclerotherapy Recovery

You can return home immediately after your treatment. Your doctor advises you about follow-up care and may recommend that you maintain compression on the treated area for up to two weeks. Compression stockings are ideal if your lower legs were treated.

Mild exercise is important following the procedure to encourage circulation and prevent blood clots. Standard sclerotherapy aftercare instructions also include:

  • Avoiding saunas, hot tubs and hot baths
  • Refraining from direct exposure to sunlight and tanning salons
  • Avoiding contact sports and strenuous exercise, such as heavy weightlifting or long-distance running
  • Taking anti-inflammatory drugs only as prescribed, as some promote bleeding
  • Standing only for short periods of time
  • Elevating your legs while sitting

Spider veins usually respond to treatment within three to six weeks, with an average 80 percent success rate. Can sclerotherapy cause more spider veins? While new spider veins can appear in the same spot as the original ones, closely following your doctor’s aftercare instructions and making the recommended lifestyle changes minimize that risk. You may need up to three treatments before your veins disappear entirely.

Laser Therapy vs. Sclerotherapy

Laser therapy is similar to sclerotherapy, but it’s completely non-invasive. Both procedures destroy unwanted or damaged veins. But doctors generally reserve laser therapy for larger visible veins. Sclerotherapy is preferred for spider veins.

Many people need both kinds of therapy to treat different veins. Your treatment plan depends on your health needs, cosmetic goals and budget. Because your insurance may not cover sclerotherapy for strictly cosmetic reasons, the Varicose Vein Center of New York City offers flexible payment plans. If you have painful or unsightly veins, contact Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today to schedule your consultation.
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