Why Choose Sclerotherapy?
Those suffering from venous insufficiency have several treatment options for destroying damaged veins and restoring healthy blood flow. Sclerotherapy is often the best choice for those who have superficial spider veins on the legs and hands, as it’s typically less expensive and more effective than laser treatments. Sclerotherapy is also less painful than surface laser therapy, making it a good option for patients with a low pain threshold.
Sclerotherapy is often performed for cosmetic purposes, but it can also improve uncomfortable symptoms related to venous insufficiency including aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps.
In addition to treating spider veins, sclerotherapy can be used to target large varicose veins. At San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center, we use ultrasound technology to find the precise location of diseased veins to ensure the entire vein is treated, even if it’s not visible from the surface of the skin. Though laser therapy is often more effective at targeting these large varicose veins, sclerotherapy may be a better solution for some patients. At your consultation, Dr. Taghizadeh will develop a treatment plan that suits your individual needs and comfort level.
How Do I Prepare And What Can I Expect?
Before your sclerotherapy treatment, Dr. Taghizadeh will perform a physical exam and review your medical history to ensure you’re a good candidate for the procedure. You may need to temporarily stop taking certain medications and dietary supplements in the days before. It’s important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure the best results.
Avoid shaving or applying lotion to your legs 24 hours prior to sclerotherapy, and wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment. The entire procedure takes less than an hour to complete and does not require anesthesia. Some patients experience a slight pinch or stinging sensation as the needle is inserted into the targeted vein, but general discomfort is minimal. You’ll be up and moving soon after the procedure and may return to normal activities the same day.