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If you are bothered by spider and varicose veins on your legs or lower extremities, you may want to consider sclerotherapy. This procedure is non-surgical and an extremely safe and effective way to eliminate unsightly veins and achieve smoother skin.
In fact, sclerotherapy is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to eradicating spider veins and small varicose veins.
So, is this procedure right for you?
Keep reading for everything you’ve always wanted to know about sclerotherapy in Maryland.
What Is Sclerotherapy and How Does It Work?
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical, non-laser treatment for spider and some varicose veins. It involves injecting a sclerosing agent into the affected vein and causing irritation to its inner lining.
As a result, the spider or varicose vein will collapse, become absorbed, and gradually disappear.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Treatment?
Healthy adults with spider veins and small varicose veins are often good candidates. It is not recommended for patients that are pregnant or those that have a history of blood clots in the treatment area.
Is the Treatment Painful?
The procedure is well-tolerated by most patients, and a topical anesthetic can be applied prior to injections for improved patient comfort.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated?
While the legs and lower extremities are the most common treatment areas, sclerotherapy can be performed on almost any part of the body with spider veins and small varicose veins.
When Can Patients See Results?
It typically takes 3-6 weeks for patients to note full effects from their sclerotherapy treatment. In cases of larger veins, final results may not be revealed for several months.
Additionally, some patients may require more than one session.
During your initial consultation with vein specialist Dr. Yash Kumar, treatment risks, benefits, and expected outcomes will be discussed. A customized treatment plan will also be developed.
Is There Any Downtime After Treatment?
One of the key advantages of sclerotherapy for spider and varicose veins is that it requires zero downtime. Patients are free to go about their day as they normally would after a treatment.
What Are the Aftercare Instructions?
Following treatment, patients will be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks. Specific instructions for use will be provided on the day of treatment.
In the weeks after undergoing sclerotherapy, you will have a follow-up appointment to evaluate your progress.
If you are considering sclerotherapy in Maryland, please contact our office to schedule a comprehensive consultation. Dr. Kumar will expertly assess your concerns and develop a custom treatment plan that best meets your needs and goals.