What is Visual Sclerotherapy?
Spider veins are common in women and men of nearly any age. And while they’re often painless and don’t usually cause health problems, they can often be a sign of underlying vein disease. One of the ways to treat spider veins is through visual sclerotherapy — a completely non-surgical, outpatient procedure that treats both the medical and cosmetic aspects of spider veins. Depending on your individual situation, visual sclerotherapy may be used in conjunction with other types of vein treatments to reduce your risk of developing progressive vein disease.
Visual sclerotherapy involves injecting the veins with a solution called a sclerosant, which closes up the veins and allows them to be reabsorbed by the body. After treatment, you’ll notice your spider veins fade away as the blood redirects to healthier veins in the body. Unlike Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy — which uses imaging equipment to locate varicose veins that reside deeper within the leg — visual sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins that appear close to the surface of the skin. Visual sclerotherapy does not require image guidance, but rather treats the veins “visually”.
Benefits of Visual Sclerotherapy
Like many of our outpatient vein treatments, visual sclerotherapy has numerous benefits, which include:
Speed: The treatment itself lasts only 15-30 minutes. Patients are able to return to normal, daily activities immediately following visual sclerotherapy.
Comfort: Visual sclerotherapy is an effective treatment option that offers no scarring. Due to its minimally invasive nature, you will leave our office with just a small bandage placed over the injection site.
Safety: Because visual sclerotherapy is performed without surgery, it is a low-risk, FDA-approved treatment.
Success: Visual sclerotherapy boasts a high success rate at over 80% to 90% for treating spider veins.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Your specialist will walk you through the particular healing process for your treatment. In general, you should avoid showering for the first 24 hours and stay away from hot baths and spas for at least a few days. You should refrain from strenuous exercise like lifting until the vascular specialist instructs you can do so. Depending on your individual situation, you may need to wear compression stockings for a few weeks after treatment.
You can expect to see the results of your visual sclerotherapy starting a few days after treatment.
Visual Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment From USA Vein Clinics
USA Vein Clinics is a nationwide network of facilities dedicated to helping people overcome venous insufficiency. We’re here to guide you toward a non-surgical treatment option that best treats your specific situation and meets your needs. Contact us online to schedule your consultation at a clinic near you.