If you have damaged or unattractive veins near the skin on your legs, face, hands, or other areas, sclerotherapy can close them and reroute the blood elsewhere. At his private practice in West Orange, New Jersey, Dmitry Gorelik, MD, treats spider veins, varicose veins, and sometimes small hemorrhoids using sclerotherapy. To schedule a consultation for sclerotherapy, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik, or book online today.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that Dr. Gorelik, a skilled vein specialist, performs frequently. It’s a safe and effective method of closing and collapsing veins. Depending on their size, you may be in and out of the office in just 30 minutes.
During the procedure, Dr. Gorelik carefully injects a chemical called a sclerosant directly into the targeted vein. This chemical irritates the walls of the vein and causes them to constrict and shrink. Soon, the vein closes entirely, and the blood supply is rerouted to other veins in the region.
Closing a vein with sclerotherapy causes it to fade and eventually disappear so you can no longer see it on your skin. Your body absorbs the old vein so you can enjoy clearer and more attractive skin.
Sclerotherapy treats two of the most common vein conditions that are usually benign: spider veins and varicose veins. While they might not cause you any pain or irritation, you might find them to be unsightly, unattractive, and hard to conceal.
The two types of veins have a few differences, too:
Spider veins are tiny damaged veins that look like small webs or branches. They can be red, blue, or purple and most often appear on the face or legs. However, they can also appear in other areas like your hands or on the breasts.
Varicose veins are twisted, engorged, and larger than spider veins. They can be blue, purple, or red and appear on the legs most frequently.
In some cases, Dr. Gorelik also uses sclerotherapy to treat other conditions like small hemorrhoids or malformed lymph vessels.
Recovery after sclerotherapy is minimal. You might experience some slight cramping in the area after treating a varicose vein with sclerotherapy, but you should be able to get back to work or daily errands immediately after the procedure.
Usually, it takes a few weeks to see the complete results of sclerotherapy. To optimize your treatment outcome, Dr. Gorelik may send you home with compression stockings to wear regularly. He might also tell you to avoid vigorous exercise and warm baths for several days.
Dr. Gorelik uses very fine needles to inject the sclerosant in order to minimize pain or discomfort. You might feel a bit of cramping as the sclerosant enters the vein and takes effect, but the slight pinch of the needle isn’t intense enough to call for anesthesia.
If you have spider veins or varicose veins and would like to consider sclerotherapy for treatment, call Dr. Dmitry Gorelik today or schedule an appointment online at your convenience.