Sclerotherapy 101

Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins and spider veins that can cause pain and detract from your appearance. Keep reading to learn more about varicose veins, spider veins, and treatment options.

What can you do to avoid varicose veins and spider veins?
Varicose veins and spider veins are often due to hereditary factors, pregnancy, lifestyle, medications, and more. There are some situations where varicose veins and spider veins can not be avoided, but there are a number of healthy habits that can help you lower your risks and protect your cardiovascular health. The following tips may help you avoid varicose veins:


  • Maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise, eating healthy foods, and following the advice of your physician.
  • Avoid staying in the same position for long periods of time whether that is sitting or standing. If possible, set a reminder every hour to stretch and walk around.
  • Incorporate more cardiovascular workouts into your activities. Running, swimming, jogging, walking, and other exercises that get your heart pumping can improve circulation in your body.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing that cuts off circulation in your body.

How does sclerotherapy work?
At Acclaim Dermatology, ultrasound imaging is used to ensure precise and accurate results. A special sclerosant solution will be injected into the problematic spider veins and varicose veins. This solution causes these damaged veins to collapse and over time they’ll fade and be absorbed into the bloodstream. The treatment is quick and usually takes less than an hour. The length of your appointment will depend on how many veins are being treated.

After these veins have been treated, they’ll be less noticeable as they fade away and you’ll experience relief from the pain associated with varicose veins.

What is the recovery process like?
This treatment is quick and minimally invasive, so patients can return to normal activities and work the same day as the treatment. Strenuous activities, such as exercise and lifting heavy objects should be postponed until 7-10 days after the treatment so your body can fully heal. Your doctor may also suggest wearing special compression garments or bandages to aid the recovery process. Most patients see complete results 3-6 weeks after the treatment.

If you’d like to learn more about getting relief from varicose veins and spider veins, Acclaim Dermatology can help. Schedule a consultation today.

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