Sclerotherapy Treatment Questions and Answers

Treatment is available for spider veins and varicose. Reddy Aesthetics today offers Sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive procedure with little or no downtime. Call us today to book an appointment. We have 2 convenient locations in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA to serve you.

Sclerotherapy Treatment Near Me in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA
Sclerotherapy Treatment Near Me in Long Beach, CA and Huntington Beach, CA

What Does Sclerotherapy Treat?

Sclerotherapy is an injection effectively used primarily in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. Due to its success rate on small varicose veins, it is often considered as the treatment of choice. Varicose veins are the result of the veins, usually in the legs, swelling and bulging. Because of this, blood will pool in the veins, which will cause them to swell and become more prominent. Sclerotherapy can also be used in the treatment of malformed lymph vessels, hemorrhoids and hydroceles. Lymph vessels carry lymphatic fluid through the body, which help the immune system with fighting off infections. Hemorrhoids are the result of blood vessels around the rectum swelling and becoming irritated which can cause pain and make bowel movements very uncomfortable. Hydroceles is the development of unhealthy fluid in a cavity of the body and is common in the testicles. Sclerotherapy isn’t for everyone and individuals considering it as a treatment option for varicose or spider veins, or any of the other conditions that it can be used for, should discuss their treatment options with their doctor. There may be other, more suitable, less invasive and less expensive options available, and your doctor can go over these with you to determine what the best course of action would be based on your symptoms and your lifestyle.

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy works by injecting an irritating solution called a sclerosant directly into the targeted veins, blood vessels or lymph nodes. The solution used in sclerotherapy will cause the affected vein to swell from the irritant, which then cuts off the flow of blood or lymphatic solution. This will then shrink the vessel and cause it to scar, which will force the blood to reroute into healthier veins to move through the body. The vein that was injected will collapse due to the scarring and be reabsorbed into the body tissue, causing it to eventually fade. A consultation with your doctor or dermatologist will be required in order to assess the area and determine the appropriateness of sclerotherapy. The procedure is performed by a dermatologist or vein specialist in their office. It is a fairly minor procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia typically, or any special preparations. The doctor performing the procedure will let you know in advance if there is anything you need to be aware of prior to the procedure, such as avoiding lotions on the area being treated prior to your appointment. For the treatment itself, the patient will lay on the exam table, with their legs elevated. The doctor will clean the area and then insert the needle into the vein, where the irritating solution will be injected. Once the solution is injected, the doctor will prevent blood from re-entering the vein by massaging the area. Compression stockings or a pad may need to be worn over the injected area following treatment. Patients will usually require a second, follow-up treatment in order for the vein to fully collapse. Following treatment, patients will need to remain active in order to prevent the formation of blood clots.

What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure in that it does puncture the skin but has little to no downtime and does not involve anesthesia or hospitalization. It has a high success rate for the treatment of varicose and spider veins and is considered to be safe due to the nature of the injection. Sclerotherapy uses our body’s own natural defense and healing mechanisms to collapse and heal the affected veins, as opposed to having to go with invasive surgery. Sclerotherapy also doesn’t leave any scars or marks at the site of the injection and has a low risk of infection at the injection site. The most common side effects of sclerotherapy include bruising, redness and pain at or near the injected vein but these go away on their own after a couple days. If you have any more questions, call us now.

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