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 Jersey use the latest techniques in sclerotherapy to remove them and give you back the youthful look you desire.
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 Jersey vein doctor, Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey, 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.
Along with spider veins, sclerotherapy can also treat other vein conditions, such as:
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 specialist trained in extensive and proven vein treatments, such as Dr. Dmitry Gorelik at the Varicose Vein Center of New Jersey.
In the experienced hands of your NJ vein doctor, spider vein sclerotherapy is ideal for:
Not everyone is a candidate for sclerotherapy. You may not be able to undergo the treatment if you’re:
During your initial consultation, your New Jersey 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.
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.
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:
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 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 Jersey offers flexible payment plans. If you have painful or unsightly veins, contact Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today to schedule your consultation.