Why Sclerotherapy is the Gold Standard in Spider Vein Treatment
While sclerotherapy may not be the latest method for treating spider vein networks, it continues to be raised up as one of the best options for addressing this condition. Sclerotherapy has a long track record of efficacy and safety, making this the go-to option for many vascular specialists, despite new technologies and treatments that are now available. Check out these reasons why sclerotherapy continues to outshine the rest as a gold standard in spider vein treatment.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. The procedure injects a sterile solution into the affected vein, which causes the vein walls to stick together and the vessel to collapse. The treated vein is eventually reabsorbed by the body and blood is rerouted through healthy veins nearby.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that does not require any anesthesia and only takes a few minutes to perform. Most patients experience little discomfort during the procedure and they can return to their regular activities immediately following treatment. There are no bandages after sclerotherapy treatments, although compression stockings are typically recommended for a few days to encourage healthy blood flow in the area.
Better Symptom Relief
Sclerotherapy has been shown effective at not only treating spider veins, but also the uncomfortable symptoms that sometimes accompany them. Heaviness or aching legs, particularly at the end of the day, is a complaint from many varicose vein sufferers. Other side effects might be itchy irritated skin or mild swelling of the lower leg. In addition to making the veins disappear, sclerotherapy can eliminate these symptoms. Patients may even see relief immediately following treatment.
Sclerotherapy is frequently performed for cosmetic reasons, which means the procedure is not usually covered by insurance. Injectable treatments like sclerotherapy tend to be more cost-effective than other types of vein treatments, making this an attractive option for patients paying out of pocket. Because there is no recovery period, patients also don’t have to worry about lost wages from time off work.
Few Side Effects
Side effects from sclerotherapy are minimal and might include slight swelling or bruising at the injection site or skin discoloration. Lumpiness in the treatment area may also appear in the days following treatment. These symptoms are not seen in the large majority of patients undergoing treatment, however, and most will subside on their own within a few days.
At PCI Vein Center, we offer sclerotherapy as just one of our many treatment options for spider and varicose veins. The procedure is relatively quick and painless, and offers excellent results. To learn more about sclerotherapy, or other choices in vein treatment, contact Dr. Lawrence at PCI Vein Center at 319-774-8432.