Sclerotherapy

Is sclerotherapy for you

If you need treatment for painful varicose veins or unsightly spider veins, set up a consultation with Dr. Katzen for sclerotherapy. This vein treatment is a medical procedure that involves injecting a sodium chloride solution into the damaged vein to collapse the vein valve. The injected solution irritates the vein wall and triggers the clotting process, which in turn helps to close off the vein. The procedure has been used as an effective vein treatment since the 1930s and continues to be an attractive treatment option for patients with multiple spider veins and smaller varicose veins.

How Sclerotherapy is Performed

Dr. Katzen may use an ultrasound imaging device to determine which veins need to be treated. The device makes it easier to see which veins need to be injected with the solution and which veins need to be left alone.

He will inject the problem veins with a sclerosant solution which will help to damage the vein and turn it into scar tissue. As the body starts to heal, the scar tissue will be absorbed into the bloodstream and will eventually fade. The procedure can take anywhere from 5 minutes to up to an hour, depending on how many veins need to be treated.

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure and is typically not performed under anesthesia. The solution injected into the vein can cause a a mild burning sensation and mild pain, but this typically resolves within a few minutes. Before the veins are injected with the solution, Dr. Katzen will clean the area with antiseptic. To ensure more precise results, the injections may be monitored with ultrasound images. In most cases, Dr. Katzen will use one injection for each spider vein.

Sclerotherapy Recovery and Results

Most patients that get the sclerotherapy treatment for spider veins can return to regular activities the same day but will need to avoid working out or strenuous activities that might put pressure on the treated area for up to 10 days after treatment. You may need to wear compression stockings or support bandages for a few days after the procedure. Some patients do experience some discoloration of the skin and mild bruising, but this will subside after a few days. Most patients enjoy full results within six weeks after treatment.

Sclerotherapy Risks

Even though sclerotherapy is a safe procedure, some patients may experience side effects such as raised red areas, lumpy or hard veins, brown lines, allergic reactions, post-treatment swelling, or even infection. The procedure should not be performed on women who are pregnant or patients that have had a blood clot in the past.

Learn more about effective spider vein treatments in Beverly Hills by setting up a sclerotherapy consultation with Dr. Katzen today!

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