What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment process that is undertaken by injecting a saline-based solution directly into veins. Have you noticed the recent development of varicose and/or spider veins in your legs lately? Or perhaps it isn’t a recent development and it’s been a condition you’ve been staring at for years now. In either event, sclerotherapy can aid in the disappearance of these pesky entities.*

Sure, it may be true that, in large part, these veins are relatively harmless. Though they may be the cause of discomfort, and can certainly elevate a person’s anxiety level if they’re feeling a bit self-conscious about the affliction (which may actually have a negative impact on your blood pressure, which is a serious issue…). Sclerotherapy can help cure/improve such unwanted symptoms as:

  • Aching*
  • Swelling*
  • Burning*
  • Cramping*
  • General cosmetics / appearance*

How does sclerotherapy work?

Upon injection, the solution goes to work, causing the unwanted vein or veins to scar, forcing the blood therein to reroute through healthier veins.* The collapsed varicose and/or spider vein is reabsorbed into local tissue immediately surrounding the targeted vein, eventually leading it to fade away.*

What is the difference between varicose veins and spider veins?

Varicose veins are abnormally or unusually enlarged or swollen veins protruding below skin – the protrusion of which is visible on the surface. Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels seen near the surface of the skin typically appearing dark purple in color – they show as singular entities or sometimes in large mass.

What can I expect during treatments?

The treatment itself is relatively painless and often subjects you to little or no downtime. In fact, movement is imperative to a successful application to help prevent the formation of any blood clots. Most patients return to their daily routine functions the same day as the treatment, so it really is a pretty simple undertaking (though you should probably have someone do the driving for you post-op).

What can I expect from the results?

Upon receiving treatment, definitive results of eradicating the veins will take several weeks.* Depending on the size and severity of the case, you could be looking at a few months.* Other things to be aware of when caring for your treated veins after your appointment:

  • Wearing compression stockings or bandages will help maintain proper pressure on the site of treatment, which will help deliver the most desirable results.
  • Avoiding sun exposure to the treated areas is highly suggested to prevent sunspots on your skin due to the initial inflammation you may experience following your treatment.
  • Veins that are successfully treated with Sclerotherapy generally never return, but new veins may appear.
  • Schedule a follow-up with the physician to assure that things are progressing at a desirable measure and to make sure that you don’t need additional injections/treatment.

Before and after results

Before and after photos

*Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.

Schedule a consultation in Seacoast, NH or North Shore, MA

If you’re wondering what you can do about unwanted veins that may cause discomfort or have made themselves a visual compromise, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about Sclerotherapy, and/or to discuss the other options that will help you achieve a preferable outcome. Contact Dermatology & Skin Health today for a consultation. We have four locations: Dover, Newington & Londonderry, NH and Peabody, MA. You can reach us by phone – (603) 742-5556 (Dover & Newington), (978) 525-0100 (Peabody), (603) 965-3551 (Londonderry), (603) 742-5556 (Bedford), or you can fill out the form on our website.

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