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Sclerotherapy Treatment

Sclerotherapy is the most effective method for the treatment of spider veins and small varicose veins. An FDA-approved medicine called Asclera™ or polidocanol is injected into the vein using a fine needle. The vein becomes irritated from the solution, causing it to collapse and absorb into the body. The procedure can be done in the office and is suitable for many different types of visible veins. 

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy treatment for spider and varicose veins is tailored to each patient’s condition. Our vein doctors will select the right preparation of sclerotherapy based on the severity of your vein disease and how you want to treat your spider veins.

  • Liquid Sclerotherapy: This is the most basic form of sclerotherapy treatment and involves direct injections of the liquid solution into the affected veins. This form is best suited for smaller spider veins.
  • Foam Sclerotherapy: During this treatment, small amounts of liquid solution are mixed with air to create a foamy, cream-like substance. This allows for greater activity against the diseased veins. Foam sclerotherapy is 5x as potent as liquid sclerotherapy and an effective treatment for treating slightly larger feeder veins and venulectasias.
  • Ultrasound-guided Sclerotherapy: For varicose veins that are difficult to see, as well as large superficial veins, ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy can improve precision and accuracy where other techniques cannot. This technique requires more patience and skill on the vein doctor’s part. Vein Specialist Centers has ARDMS-certified technicians and physicians to successfully perform ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy techniques. ARDMS is the recognized standard for excellence in ultrasound.

Schedule a consultation with the best vein doctors in New York and New Jersey, to see which option will be best for the treatment of your spider and varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

Here are some common questions and answers surrounding sclerotherapy treatment:

Whаt аrе thе Sіdе Effесtѕ of Sclerotherapy?

Minimal side effects are associated with sclerotherapy. It’s possible to experience some bruising or irritation.  More serious side effects are rare and will be monitored closely by your vein specialist. It’s important to have sclerotherapy done by a qualified, board-certified physician in vascular medicine. When proper sclerotherapy techniques are implemented, long-lasting side effects are uncommon. Spider veins can recur if underlying venous insufficiency is not properly addressed beforehand.

How Effective is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the preferred method of treatment for cosmetic spider veins. Many patients will see significant improvement after the initial injection within 6-8 weeks. However, some patients will need two or three treatment sessions for optimal results. The key is to find the right sclerotherapy treatment for each individual.

Who Is Right for Sclerotherapy?

Almost all patients are suitable for sclerotherapy. During your consultation with one of our experienced vein doctors, we will evaluate your individual condition, as well as personal preferences to determine which method of sclerotherapy is best for you. Patients will notice astonishing improvements in spider veins before and after sclerotherapy.

What Is the Recovery Time Associated with Sclerotherapy?

There is no downtime associated with sclerotherapy, so you can resume your daily activities immediately after treatment. For optimal results, compression stockings will be recommended by your vein doctor for a variable length of time.

What Sclerotherapy Solution Is Right for Me?

At the Princeton Vascular Center, we use polidocanol forms for sclerotherapy. In comparison to hypertonic saline, sotradechol (STS) and glycerin, polidocanol has an improved safety profile. Polidocanol has been shown to have fewer incidences of hyperpigmentation, skin ulceration and matting in comparison to other forms of sclerotherapy.

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