What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

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Sclerotherapy in Maryland

Foam sclerotherapy in Maryland is a safe, effective, and minimally-invasive way to eradicate spider veins and help you love your legs again.

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time for shorts, skirts, and sundresses. However, spider veins can make individuals self-conscious about their legs and limit clothing options, especially in warmer months.

While you’ve probably heard of sclerotherapy, you may be wondering: What is foam sclerotherapy? How is it different from sclerotherapy?

Continue reading to learn the answers to these questions and all about foam sclerotherapy in Maryland.

What is Foam Sclerotherapy?

Foam sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure designed to eliminate visible spider veins and small varicose veins. It is used for cosmetic improvement as well as symptomatic relief of leg heaviness, tiredness, and swelling.

How is it Performed?

Treatment can be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office in 30-40 minutes.

During the procedure, a sclerosing agent, with the consistency of shaving cream, is injected into damaged or defective veins. The foam makes contact with the entire vein wall and causes it to shrink.

As a result, blood is rerouted to healthy veins and normal blood flow is restored.

In the coming weeks and months, the treated spider veins are reabsorbed by the body and gradually disappear.

What’s the Difference Between Foam Sclerotherapy and Sclerotherapy?

While most people have heard of sclerotherapy, it’s not uncommon for many to wonder: What is the difference between the two?

The answer to this question lies in the composition of the sclerosing agent.

Sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) is the main ingredient in both solutions. However, it is injected as a liquid with sclerotherapy. Comparatively, STS is mixed with air to produce a foam in foam sclerotherapy.

While these two treatments are both effective in destroying spider veins, foam treatment is often ideal for addressing longer and larger vessels.

How to Get Started

If you are considering sclerotherapy in Maryland for spider veins, please contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced vein specialists.