Does Sclerotherapy Work? By Milan Lombardi MD on March 02, 2023

Whether you are dealing with intravenous cardiovascular issues or you are worried about the physical appearance of varicose veins and you don’t know where to go next, you might visit your center for cosmetic surgery to find out what your treatment options are. One available treatment method known as sclerotherapy is designed to reduce varicose veins quickly and with minimal invasiveness to your body. Many patients prefer this treatment due to its convenience and lack of serious or uncomfortable side effects. So, does sclerotherapy work?

Does Sclerotherapy Work?

But does sclerotherapy work to resolve the underlying issues causing your varicose veins? Can this treatment really get rid of spider veins, itching, and other pain that comes from having damaged veins? Keep reading this article to learn more about the process of sclerotherapy and how you can restore vein health ASAP.

The Sclerotherapy Process

As a minimally invasive treatment, sclerotherapy works wonders for getting rid of varicose veins, spider veins, and other signs of vein damage throughout the body. It is a good way to not only diminish the appearance of these veins, but get rid of associated side effects such as dryness, itchiness, patchiness, or general pain in the area.

During the treatment itself, your doctor will inject a solution into your veins. This we call a sclerosing agent. And it means something that will close up your veins and collapse them. Once these veins stay closed up for good, they can no longer retain blood. This means they will no longer have a visible appearance. Over time, the appearance of these veins will fade and your healthy veins will remain strengthened enough to resorb the damaged veins.

Is Sclerotherapy Painful?

Sclerotherapy is not generally painful, although the patient can expect to be injected with several needles throughout the duration of the in-office procedure. If you are overly sensitive to needles, you might want to work on reducing your fears and anxieties about injections before signing up for this kind of treatment. When it comes to pain, needles only provide a small pinch and some temporary pain with no lasting side effects.

If you do experience discomfort during the procedure, make sure to let your doctor know. You should now experience prolonged pain past the in-office treatment, and you should be able to resume a normal routine on the same day as your treatment.

Does Sclerotherapy Really Work?

Overall, sclerotherapy has a success rate of 75% - 90%. You can sign up for multiple treatments of sclerotherapy to increase your chances of success over time, as many veins treated with this procedure are guaranteed to disappear. If you have a severe case of vein damage, you might want to invest in sclerotherapy in tandem with a more proactive, but possibly more invasive, vein treatment method.

Side effects of sclerotherapy include temporary bruising, discoloration, and redness in the skin. Some patients also experience a bit of nausea or a headache. But should not prove a cause for immediate concern. These symptoms should fade quickly and you should start feeling better throughout the rest of the day. You might want to move your body as well to avoid blood clots. However, make sure not to do anything too intensive such as swimming in hot water, running, or flying on an airplane.

Invest in Non-Surgical Vein Treatments Today

At SynergyMD, we provide a multitude of solutions to help patients of all types. Dealing with mild, moderate, or severe vein damage? We can assist you with full spider and varicose vein removal with top-notch sclerotherapy treatments. This proves the best non-surgical method of ridding yourself of varicose veins and unsightly spider veins that might cause you a lot of discomfort. Restore your veins back into good health and improve the way you look, all in one simple procedure. Contact us today to learn more!

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SynergyMD in Tampa, FL, is led by two of the most talented and skilled physicians in the entire state—Joseph M. Brown and Milan Lombardi. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive treatments for all things cosmetic and dermatologic in one convenient location. Our affiliations include:

  • American Board of Dermatology (ABD)
  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)

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