What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy also known as ‘injection therapy’ is the gold standard treatment for spider and varicose veins on the legs that has withstood the test of time.Sclerotherapy involves injecting veins with a safe solution that causes the body to absorb the vein without harming the rest of your body.
Dr. Riboni uses sclerotherapy in the treatment of varicose and spider veins on the legs as well as breast veins and hand veins. The principal of sclerotherapy involves injection of a safe chemical solution “sclerosant or irritant” into an unwanted vein which in turn results in collapse and closure of the unwanted vein. As a result, you will see how spider veins virtually disappear in front of your eyes!
In the following weeks after Sclerotherapy treatment, the body’s own immune system recognizes the treated vein as a damaged vein, breaks it down, and removes it from the body. After the removal of the unwanted vein, the blood is rerouted to another healthy vein and the normal venous circulation is reestablished.
What does a sclerotherapy session feel like?
A Sclerotherapy treatment session at our Goddess Labs takes between 30-45 minutes and involves multiple injections. Most of our sclerotherapy patients describe the injection treatment as feeling like a pinprick or mosquito bite.
How many Sclerotherapy Vein Removal Treatments will I need?
The number of Sclerotherapy vein treatment sessions required generally will vary depending on the level and severity of varicose and spider veins. In general, Dr. Riboni recommends a minimum of 1-3 sessions for an average patient. At the end of your vein treatment session, the leg is cleaned and special compression stockings are applied to the legs in order to minimize bruising, prevent blood clots and also maximize the results of your Sclerotherapy session.
Dr. Riboni recommends immediate return to normal daily activities and a minimum of 30 minutes of continuous walking every day. The compression stockings may need to be worn for 3-7 days after the procedure, depending on the size and number of the veins treated.
What are the different types of chemical agents used during a Sclerotherapy session?
Saline Sclerotherapy : Saline Sclerotherapy has been in use since 1926 and has been a popular sclerosant because it is a naturally occurring body substance with no toxicity. However, with the advent of all the new sclerosant chemicals available for sclerotherapy, saline has fallen out of favor due to its high side effect profile. Additionally, saline does not work well in treating of larger varicose veins.
Foam Sclerotherapy : Foam Sclerotherapy is a new form of delivering the sclerosing agent into varicose and feeder veins. The foam sclerotherapy is made by mixing air or Co2 with special agents and has the consistency of shaving cream. The Foam is very effective because since air is lighter than liquid it displaces within the vein, placing the sclerosing agent in direct contact with the vein wall without any dilution effects for an extended period of time. Additionally, since the foam is visible via ultrasound imaging, it can be easily tracked and guided to the source of the varicose vein problem.
Glycerin Sclerotherapy : At Goddess Labs, we prefer Glycerin Sclerotherapy solution for the treatment of very small spider veins and broken capillaries. Since glycerin is a mild agent that only irritates the inner lining of spider veins, patients rarely develop any redness or bruising or any staining of the treated area.
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