Although not always a serious medical issue, you may not like how your varicose or spider veins affect the look of your skin. At Veinity MD in Las Vegas, board-certified general and thoracic surgeon Peter Vajtai, MD, can treat your unsightly veins simply and quickly with sclerotherapy. To learn more about your treatment options for varicose and spider veins, call the office to schedule a consultation today.
Sclerotherapy Q & A
What are varicose and spider veins?
Varicose and spider veins are the superficial veins you can see under your skin. Spider veins are small, red- or purple-colored veins that usually appear on your legs. Alternatively, varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins often found on the legs.
Varicose and spider veins are usually considered a cosmetic issue, but they may also be a sign of an underlying issue related to poor blood circulation. Treatment for your varicose veins not only improves the look of your skin but may also improve blood circulation.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for small varicose veins and spider veins. During the procedure, Dr. Vajtai injects a special solution into your affected vein.
The solution causes the vein to collapse, and your body then reroutes blood flow. The visible vein slowly fades over time.
Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
Dr. Vajtai determines if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy during a consultation. He may recommend treatment if you’re unhappy about the way your small varicose and spider veins look, or if your veins cause pain or cramping in your legs.
If you have larger varicose veins that can’t be treated with sclerotherapy, Dr. Vajtai may recommend other treatments. These treatments might include radiofrequency vein ablation, which uses radiofrequency heat energy to destroy the affected vein.
What can I expect during sclerotherapy treatment?
Dr. Vajtai performs your sclerotherapy at the office, which may take about an hour. During the procedure, Dr. Vajtai inserts a tiny needle into the affected vein and injects the solution. You may feel a mild stinging sensation during the injection, but anesthesia isn’t required for sclerotherapy, and pain is minimal.
After he has injected the solution, Dr. Vajtai withdraws the needle and compresses and massages the area. Dr. Vajtai may need to make several injections depending on the size of your vein and the number of veins undergoing treatment.
You should be able to resume most of your usual activities after your treatment. Dr. Vajtai also recommends that you wear compression stockings following your sclerotherapy to assist in the healing process.
With smaller veins, you may begin to notice an improvement in your skin within three weeks, but it may take up to four months for your larger veins to disappear.
Sclerotherapy is an effective and safe treatment for varicose veins. Call Veinity MD today to see if it can help you.