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Woman's legs before and after varicose veins treatment.

Do you suffer from varicose veins or spider veins? These marks are not only unsightly but can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. Sclerotherapy can be an effective treatment procedure to help reduce the appearance of these unsightly marks. A solution is injected directly into the veins to create scarring so blood reroutes to other veins. Results can be noticeable within a month. Here are three things you can expect with sclerotherapy treatment.

Mild Side Effects

While rare, you may experience some mild side effects for a few days after sclerotherapy treatment. The injections may cause irritation, bruising, swelling, discoloration or a burning sensation. Swelling of your foot or ankle could signify a serious blood clot and needs immediate medical attention. Some treated veins may remain or become lumpy for several months. Discoloration can clear in about three to six months.

Air bubbles can happen in your system, leading to headaches, nausea, vomiting or vision problems. Seek medical attention if you experience numbness or loss of limb mobility after treatment. Sclerotherapy is not recommended for individuals who are pregnant or nursing. Anti-inflammatory medications may need to be avoided before and after the procedure to help prevent blood clotting and other issues.

Short Recovery Time

For most individuals, there is minimal recovery time with sclerotherapy treatment. The procedure can be performed in less than an hour under general anesthesia. You can drive yourself home the same day and return to normal activities the following day. Keep the treated area clean with soap and water using a clean cloth and avoid immersion in a bathtub or a shower for a few days.

Walking is highly recommended after the procedure to relieve symptoms and prevent complications. Stay away from strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks. As part of the recovery process, you may need to avoid direct sunlight and wear compression garments for a few weeks. Sun exposure can increase the risk of discoloration and compression garments help reduce pain from swelling. The surgeon may give you specific aftercare instructions to help speed the healing process.

Additional Sclerotherapy Treatments

Some individuals may have varicose veins on several areas of the body. Sclerotherapy is designed to focus on one small targeted area at a time. Additional treatments may be necessary, depending on the severity of your treatments. These treatments are scheduled approximately every two weeks for up to two months. The minimally invasive procedure is designed to only reduce the appearance of the varicose or spider veins. You may need other treatments for the rest of your symptoms along with blood tests and other diagnostics to measure your healing process.

Comprehensive Sclerotherapy Treatments in New York

Varicose veins and spider veins can be uncomfortable and affect your overall quality of life. Vascular Birthmark Institute specializes in sclerotherapy and other comprehensive treatments for malformations and birthmarks in New York. Children and adults receive individualized care from an expert multidisciplinary team to help improve overall quality of life with health and wellness. Call to book a consultation appointment today.

Posted on behalf of Vascular Birthmark Institute

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