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Why undergo Sclerotherapy?

If visible veins on your legs or ankles are making you hesitant to wear shorts, sclerotherapy may be the treatment option for you. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure intended for the treatment and removal of both spider and reticular veins. During your Orange County or Los Angeles sclerotherapy treatment, the West Medical phlebologist will inject a solution, known as a sclerosant, into the troublesome vein. The vein will dissolve, collapse, and fade from view.

What sclerotherapy treats

There are two conditions that we often use sclerotherapy to treat. The first condition is spider veins.

Spider veins are little blood vessels that appear in branching patterns, commonly in areas like the legs, ankles and face. These blue, red, or purple veins are sometimes seen in young women, but often get more prominent as we age. Although spider veins are not dangerous, many times people seek treatment because they can result in an older appearance.

The other condition we treat with our LA and Orange County sclerotherapy is reticular veins. Reticular veins are similar to spider veins, but they are larger. These veins tend to be blue in color, and often appear on the legs or ankles. Like spider veins, these veins can discourage people from wearing shorts, swimsuits, or dresses.



How sclerotherapy works

Sclerotherapy is a relatively painless treatment intended to improve the cosmetic appearance of your veins, and can ease and, in some cases, even cure conditions associated with spider veins.

The sclerotherapy treatment only uses a small needle and there is no need for anesthesia. We inject a substance called a sclerosant into the vein to be treated. This substance causes a reaction that will make your vein collapse over about a week, and be absorbed into the body.

Your sclerotherapy treatment session can last 5 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount of veins that require treatment.

Please note that the sclerotherapy procedure only provides treatment for those visible spider veins on the surface of the skin, and doesn't change any part of the venous system.

Even after sclerotherapy, spider veins may still develop and appear. The phlebologists at West Medical are highly trained in treating veins with a variety of options. It is critical for your safety and the success of the procedure, that you seek out vein specialists like those at our practice.

Is sclerotherapy safe?

Often patients wonder if it’s safe to get rid of spider and reticular veins. It certainly is. These small veins carry minimal amounts of blood, and that blood flow is easily re-routed by the body. There is a large system of veins carrying blood throughout your legs, so eradicating a few veins in this cosmetic procedure will not interfere with blood flow.

Treating visible veins with sclerotherapy has been in practice for decades, but recent advancements in technology have made this procedure even more simple and more comfortable than it was previously. Our LA and Orange County sclerotherapy can safely give you back a more youthful appearance, without worrying about an invasive treatment.

Recovery time

Sclerotherapy is such a minimally invasive treatment, that most patients return to most of their normal activities right away. We may ask you to do some mild exercise like walking to ensure good blood flow in your legs, since the treated veins can take several weeks to collapse and dissolve.

Compression socks may also be recommended. At the completion of your treatment, we will review steps to promote the best results, and some ways to prevent spider veins from recurring.

Treatment options

Because there are numerous sclerosants that are used during the treatment, there are various types of sclerotherapy available. In general, the treatment can be put into two categories, depending on the sclerosant: liquid or foam.

Our Los Angeles vein doctors are specialists in vein treatment, and can explain your treatment options in detail. It is crucial for your health and well-being to be incredibly careful with your choice of doctor. Serious health issues from unqualified physicians can be long-lasting, and can include blood clots, inflammation, and permanent scarring.

Numerous sclerotherapy treatments may be needed, depending on the extent of spider vein development. The type of sclerosant used may also affect results.

Sclerotherapy side effects

Sclerotherapy is a very safe treatment option, and preferred by some because it has fewer risks than more invasive procedures like vein stripping.

After your sclerotherapy in Los Angeles or Orange County, you can experience temporary side effects such as soreness, as well as some itching or bruising. Please note that these symptoms will fade over time following the procedure. In some rare cases, skin necrosis may develop if the treatment is performed incorrectly, and can take many months to heal properly.

Other side effects may include:

  • Itching at the site of the injections.
  • Veins may become lumpy or hard and may require several months to dissolve and fade.
  • Bruising, tenderness or discoloration may appear at the site of the injections.
  • Neovascularization: new, tiny blood vessels may develop in the days or weeks following the procedure and usually fade within 3-12 months without further treatment.
  • Hyperpigmentation in the form of darker brown marks is a known side effect, impacting one to two percent of patients.

Following sclerotherapy, our phlebologist recommends patients not engage in any strenuous activity. However, patients are encouraged to walk, as well as wear compression stockings to promote proper blood flow and prevent blood clot development.

Sclerotherapy FAQs

Does sclerotherapy actually remove the veins?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into a vein, which causes the blood vessel to collapse upon itself and a blood clot to form. The vein itself is not surgically removed, but the blood flow is re-routed to travel through other healthy vessels, with the damaged vein then reabsorbed by the body over time.

Can sclerotherapy treat hemorrhoids?

In some cases, sclerotherapy can be used to treat hemorrhoids. This procedure is generally performed endoscopically. Painful, large hemorrhoids that have not resolved with at-home or other medical treatments may be resolved with sclerotherapy, depending upon the type. Grade 1 and 2 hemorrhoids, when the hemorrhoidal tissue is protruding through the anus, whether constant or intermittent, can be treated with sclerotherapy.

Can sclerotherapy treat venous and vascular malformations?

Venous and vascular malformations are blood vessels that have developed abnormally. These malformations can lead to pain, swelling, bleeding, and other symptoms that require treatment. Many of these venous and vascular malformations can be successfully treated with sclerotherapy. The first step is to have the area evaluated, so the correct treatment is performed. This treatment is most successful in certain types of lesions, particularly those with more space and those less solid in nature.

Other Vein Treatment Options

At West Medical, we offer a range of the most advanced vein treatments. These include:

  • Varicose vein treatments: At West Medical, we offer a wide array of varicose vein treatments including Endovenous laser treatments (EVLT), microphlebectomy, surgical ligation and stripping, compression therapy, and sclerotherapy.
  • Spider vein treatments: We provide advanced treatments to remove unsightly spider veins, including sclerotherapy.
  • Laser vein removal: EVLT, or “endovenous laser treatments,” can successfully remove unsightly veins by directed laser energy inside the damaged vein for an excellent result, with reduced pain and less bruising to the adjacent tissues.
  • Sclerotherapy: A virtually painless treatment for visible veins, sclerotherapy involves injecting a special medical product into the vein, causing it to collapse and be absorbed by the body.
  • Compression therapy: This treatment does not resolve varicose veins but can slow the progression of the development of painful varicose veins.
  • Microphlebectomy: This advanced varicose vein treatment is minimally invasive and produces excellent outcomes. The vein is removed from the body, which may be appropriate for some patients, and is a short procedure that can produce excellent results when performed correctly.
  • Surgical ligation and vein stripping: For more serious cases of varicose veins, it may be necessary to perform surgical ligation and vein stripping. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia and requires a longer recovery time.
  • Next step

    If you have visible veins on your ankles, legs, or face, and are interested in learning about vein treatment options in our California offices, please contact us. We can set up a consultation where you can learn about the different treatments we provide, and we can develop a customized treatment plan for you. Younger, smoother skin is possible with our safe and effective cosmetic therapies.

    To find out if sclerotherapy is a good option for your visible veins, please call our West Medical offices at (855) 690-0565 for information about treatment, cost, and advantages of vein treatments.

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