What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for spider veins and some varicose veins. Sclerotherapy consists of one or a series of simple injections of medication. Using a very fine needle, the solution is carefully injected into the vein under direct visualization. The solution damages the inner lining of the vein causing it to close down. After traveling a short distance, the medication is diluted and neutralized, causing no further effects. Once the vein is closed, it shrinks and eventually disappears.
A single injection can branch out and spread within an expanded vein network, and is more efficient than laser. Excellent results can be obtained depending on the skill set of the physician.
How Does It Work?
Modern vein solutions are virtually painless and delivers consistent results. The most popular are sotradecol and polidocanol. They are FDA approved, but are not the only choices available. A 23% salt solution is commonly used, but it is corrosive and burns significantly. The first two solutions have foaming properties and foamed sclerosant is more powerful, allowing treatment of larger veins with lower concentrations. Not every vein will remain closed following a session and repeat injections are necessary for the best results.
Wearing a compression sock afterwards for a few days and walking helps keep the veins empty. The ideal interval for treatments is one month. Most veins measuring under 3 mm diameter are considered cosmetic.
How Much Does Sclerotherapy Cost?
Sclerotherapy treatment varies based on a number of factors, including the region for treatment, the severity of the condition, and the age of the patient. Larger or deeper veins may be eligible for insurance coverage, based on ultrasound findings. Some clients need one treatment, some need several. As such Dr. Presant must examine you to make a proper clinical assessment of your specific needs. The good news is this intial consultation is free. Just fill out the form below to schedule a meeting, or give us a call at 480-945-0910.