What Is Sclerotherapy?

Do you have ugly veins popping out on your legs? If so, it’s highly likely that you have a vein disease and it is not just the spider or varicose veins that you can see. Your doctor might recommend sclerotherapy, but you should know that unless you take care of the underlying problem they are most likely to return. Although sclerotherapy is one of the treatment options of choice available for vein disorders, it is mostly just cosmetic. In today’s post, we will discuss how the procedure is performed, it’s effectiveness and what you can expect. This way, you can better determine if it’s the right choice for your specific vein condition and for your overall health and lifestyle.

What Is It?

Sclerotherapy has long been one of the primary treatments for vein problems such as spider veins, reticular veins, and varicose veins. It’s also sometimes used for deeper veins such as great and small saphenous veins, which are the principal veins near the surface of the legs. While scleerotherapy is used for several types of veins, it’s most effective on spider veins and small varicose veins and works best for veins that are no more than 1- to 2mm in diameter.

The Procedure:

Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure usually performed in your doctor’s office. It works by using a chemical injection to cause the vein to spasm and close up. The solution is injected directly into the vein and causes the vein to scar and collapse. Today, we can use newer advanced technology, well covered under your health insurance, to treat the underlying diseased veins that give rise to these spider and varicose veins.

This way, it may not be necessary to do the expensive therapy to achieve good cosmetic results once we treat the underlying bad veins properly.

What To Expect:

During the procedure, the patient may experience minor stinging or cramping during needle insertion. After the procedure, the patient will be able to get up and walk around and go back to their usual activities yet avoiding any strenuous activities. There can be some temporary effects at the injection site, including bruising, redness at the injection site, and dark lines or spots. They usually go away within a few days or weeks, but can sometimes take longer. Sun exposure to the treated area should be avoided during the recovery period. More serious side effects can also occur, but are not as common. These complications can include allergic reaction, blood clots, and inflammation, and should be addressed by your doctor as soon as possible. Following up with your doctor in the following weeks can greatly help in avoiding any complications.

Here at Alpha Vein Clinic, we use Radiofrequency Ablation or MOCA ( also known as Clarivein) to treat the underlying incompetent larger veins as a medical condition. We, then, observe the progress of the undersirable visible veins for 1-2 months. For majority of our patients there is a significant cosmetic improvement to the point that they no longer need to spend any out of pocket money to do further cosmetic Sclerotherapy.

For the minority who still would like us to do cosmetic therapy, the extend of veins needing treatment would certainly be less. Hence, it would be significantly easier and cheaper to treat. On the occasion that particular individuals have large varicosities or extensive spider/reticular veins, we can inject the veins during MOCA treatment at no extra cost to our patients.

It is important to choose a physician that is knowledgeable in vein health and treatments. At Alpha Vein Clinic, Dr Sassan Kaveh is very experienced in treating vein problem. He can effectively diagnose and recommend the best treatment option for your situation while helping your understand everything that’s available to you. Book an appointment today so our knowledgeable staff can create the ideal treatment plan for your needs.

Alpha Vein Clinic


3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400

Las Vegas, NV, 89128

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