Advanced Sclerotherapy and Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is the “Gold Standard” treatment for eliminating spider veins and medium size reticular veins. Throughout the years, this gold standard has undergone an upgrade! At Skin & VeinTherapies we use only FDA approved sclerosing agent Asclera which selectively seals off the spider vein. This excellent modern solution gives fantastic results with minimum side effects. Asclera is the latest in the arsenal of sclerosing agents. For many years, saline was used and caused immense discomfort. Today, we have not had one patient discontinue treatment due to pain for discomfort.
During your treatment, a needle the size of a hair shaft is used to inject the problem veins. The body then breaks down the damaged vein and absorbs it, causing it to disappear over time. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications.
Advanced Injection Techniques = Maximum Results
Microfoam Sclerotherapy enhances the effect of the sclerosing agent. The sclerosing solution at Skin & Vein Therapies is foamed or agitated to produce a microfoamed mixture. A vein mapping light is then used to illuminate the vein below the skins surface. This intense light allows us to follow the spider vein below the surface and ensure precision injecting.
Still, if the idea of an injectable solution for spider veins is not your preference, you have an exciting option available to you with the VeinWave or Cool Glide Laser. They can be used alone, but mostly employed in addition to traditional treatment to achieve desired results.
Our experience and advanced injection techniques make Advanced Sclerotherapy relatively painless and you are able to resume many normal activities immediately.
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy is completely non-surgical and is the only vein treatment that can eliminate all problem veins a patient may have. If your vein center does not perform Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy, find one that does.
Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy is an advanced form of sclerotherapy. Dr. Beckett uses an ultrasound machine to guide precision injecting. The principle is the same as conventional sclerotherapy. The sclerosant is used to obliterate varicose veins that feed difficult persistent spider veins. The new points in this technique are that when the microfoam mixture is injected into the veins, it can be traced using the ultrasound scanner. This enables treatment of veins that can’t be seen because they are below the surface of the skin and would otherwise require surgical removal. Using ultrasound improves the accuracy of the injection allowing these deep varicosities to be treated from the surface without surgical removal and the use of foam maximizes the effect of the sclerosing agent.
Frequently Asked Sclerotherapy Questions
Does Sclerotherapy hurt?
PThe injection technique, advanced sclerosant and small gauge needle create an almost pain free experience. Sclerotherapy patients may experience a slight burning or stinging sensation, this is the sclerosing agent at work.
How long does treatment take?
Sclerotherapy treatments can be performed over a lunch break and take between 15-60 minutes depending on the number of veins being injected.usually. After your first session, additional sessions may require a shorter length of time. Your goals and personal treatment plan will be discussed at your first appointment.
How many treatments will I need?
MFor mild cases of spider veins, one-to-two sessions, spaced three-to-four weeks apart may be sufficient. However, most patients require a series of two-to-four treatments for optimal results. A maintenance session may be necessary every 1-5 years.
Can I drive to and from my appointment?
Yes, you will be encouraged to walk after treatment and can definitely drive home.
Do I need to follow any special instructions after sclerotherapy?
Patients should take care to walk around after treatment to improve circulation. They will also be advised to wear a compression stockings for one week. Our office will professionally fit your stockings after treatment. If you have compression stockings, remember to bring them.
When can I exercise?
TWalking is encouraged immediately. Please avoid high impact sports/exercise for 7 days after treatment.
When can I fly?
Sclerotherapy patients can resume flying in 48 hours.
When will I see results?
It may take between 3-6 weeks before the results are noticeable. In fact, the area may become more red and inflamed for a short period before it starts to look better. Do not use warm compresses to the area of treatment and please avoid hot tubs, saunas, steam baths, whirlpools for 2 weeks.
Are there any side effects after Sclerotherapy?
Some minimal bruising, swelling, redness, and itching at the injection site are common after a sclerotherapy treatment. These effects gradually resolve on their own within two-to-three weeks.
Is Sclerotherapy covered by insurance?
Because Sclerotherapy is an aesthetic treatment, most insurance companies do not provide coverage for sclerotherapy.
Which method is right for me?
After careful evaluation, the best treatment plan will be formulated so that you will have the best results possible.