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If your vein doctor has suggested sclerotherapy treatment for your varicose or spider veins, you may be wondering what to expect. Let’s look at some sclerotherapy facts and what you can expect during and after your sclerotherapy treatment in Montgomery County.
Sclerotherapy is normally the preferred treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins. It is considered the gold standard for eliminating spider veins. Sclerotherapy treatment is an injection of microfoam. It is the number one FDA approved treatment choice for spider veins and small varicose veins. Here’s what you can expect.
First, sclerotherapy is a fast treatment, normally less than 15 minutes. The provider performs the treatment in office. You will lay down on the table with your legs elevated. Then the provider will numb the area and prepare a medicated microfoam. Finally, the doctor injects the solution into the affected veins.
You may feel a tiny pinch, but after the injection the veins seal off and are eventually reabsorbed by your body. However, it doesn’t always mean instant results. It may take a few weeks to see full results.
Few Sides Effects
Sclerotherapy, an FDA approved treatment, is safe and effective. Doctors have preferred this method of treatment for many years. Serious side effects are extremely rare, but there are a few temporary side effects that may occur. Since the solution irritates the veins, some people may experience discomfort, stinging or cramping in the treated area. This is temporary and disappears quickly.
After treatment, you may experience slight bruising or reddening of the skin in the treatment area. This normally resolves in a few days.
Recovery from Sclerotherapy in Montgomery County
The recovery period after sclerotherapy isn’t normally disruptive to your schedule. Winter is a great time to undergo treatment though. By the time shorts weather rolls back around, your legs will be ready.
After treatment, we recommend that you get up and walk around a bit. This helps the blood flow through the veins and minimizes the risk of blood clots. Other than that, you should wear compression stockings for a few days and avoid prolonged sun exposure (another great reason to get treatment in the winter).
Depending on the size and severity of your spider veins, you may need multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart. Remember that even after your series of treatments is over, it may take several weeks to see final results.
Sclerotherapy in Montgomery County
Ready to find out if sclerotherapy treatment is right for you? Contact The Vein Center of Maryland to learn more.