Sclerotherapy: A Popular and Convenient Choice

Sclerotherapy is becoming an increasingly popular varicose vein treatment option. Whether you are struggling with aching and heaviness in your legs from varicose veins or simply are concerned about the unsightly cosmetic appearance of your legs with varicose veins, sclerotherapy is a contemporary treatment option, through the use of injections, to remove the unattractive and sometimes problematic varicose veins.

If you are suffering from varicose veins, know that you are not alone. Nearly 1 and 3 men and women have varicose veins. 

Types of Sclerotherapy for Vein Treatment

Available to patients in the Missouri and Illinois areas, St. Louis Vein & Endovascular offers ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for deep varicose veins in the legs and ankles and sclerotherapy for surface spider veins.

These injections prompt improper veins to be closed off, and reabsorbed into the body. Sclerotherapy sessions for vein treatment typically can be performed in less than 30 minutes.

For small and medium spider veins, sclerotherapy is a technique that is used by injecting a chemical, called sclerosant, directly into the visible veins. Schlersant irritates the vein’s lining, which cause the vein to collapse, and subsequently be absorbed into the body.

On the other hand, if you have varicose veins, or veins that are causing you to feel aching, heaviness, or even burning in your ankles and legs, you may be a well-suited candidate for ultrasound guided sclerotherapy. Using ultrasound, vein doctars can precisely inject the solution in the perfect spot.

While several sessions of ultrasound guided sclerotherapy may be needed, it can eliminate the need for vein surgery from vascular surgeons in many patients.

Recovery from Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy patients typically require no downtime. Instead, they are encouraged to resume their normal activities, especially exercise.  Exercise promotes circulation, which aids healing and recovery.

Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you may be advised to wear compression stockings for a week or longer after your sclerotherapy procedure, particularly when you are standing. This helps to keep pressure on the vein and prevent it from returning to its original shape.

To learn more about sclerotherapy for spider veins, and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy for varicose veins available at our vein clinic, call the St. Louis Vein & Endovascular at 314–272-4150 for a consultation. Be sure to take a look at our spider veins and varicose veins before and after photos.