While varicose veins and spider veins are often removed for cosmetic reasons, it is important to have these vascular conditions treated by a medical professional in order to rule out underlying medical conditions and to prevent damaged veins from redeveloping in the future.
What is Foam Sclerotherapy?
There are multiple methods of performing Sclerotherapy, the removal of spider and varicose veins by an injection of a medicinal solution directly into the vessels, but Foam Sclerotherapy has advantages that set it apart from other techniques.
While traditional Sclerotherapy involves the use of a liquid solution, Foam Sclerotherapy uses Sotradecol and Polidocanol, a medical solution that is mixed with small volumes of air that creates a cream-like consistency. Foam Sclerotherapycan be also be done with Varithena, a commercially available foam preparation.
Foam therapy can:
- Treat larger, underlying varicose veins with more accuracy and efficiency than other Sclerotherapy techniques
- Be used in smaller amounts while covering a larger areas than conventional Sclerotherapy
- Be seen with ultrasound technology due to its thick consistency, allowing treatment to be more accurately and precisely administered
What Can I Expect During Foam Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Foam Sclerotherapy typically only causes mild discomfort as the solution is being injected. After the foam enters the veins, the solution damages the vessel lining, which causes the veins to clot and allows them to be removed naturally by the body. The blood flow is then redirected and the affected veins have been removed permanently. Foam Sclerotherapy is a quick treatment, that often takes less than an hour and most patients are able to return to normal activities immediately afterward.
Am I a Good Candidate for Foam Sclerotherapy?
The technique that most directly benefits your vascular concerns may depend on your individual condition with factors such as your health, medical history and vascular condition being assessed as well as determination of the proper method of Sclerotherapy for you.
What is Recovery Like?
To maximize results, post-treatment instructions will be provided. Some type of compression is needed for a few days- either an Ace wrap or Compression stockings are often issued after treatment to help maintain normal circulation processes during healing. Several weeks may be needed for the body to completely remove treated veins.