Sclerotherapy is a safe, effective way to eliminate unwanted spider or varicose veins, which can form on the legs. The procedure involves a series of injections into the vein with a sclerosing agent. Through the skill and technique of our board-certified dermatologists, sclerotherapy safely and effectively cuts off the blood supply to the feeder vein. By wearing compression stockings, the blood supply remains cut off in the targeted vein, causing it to dissolve over a few weeks.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, California, we are proud to have several of the country’s leading experts in the treatment of visible, enlarged, or even painful spider or varicose veins. Our very own medical director Dr. Mitchel Goldman is a pioneer and leading authority in the field of veins and sclerotherapy treatments – he’s actually considered the godfather of sclerotherapy. He has founded and was President of the American College of Phlebology, national society of over 20,000 physicians who treat leg veins and has written and lectured extensively on these and related vascular topics, publishing multiple medical textbooks on the subject in 5 languages, some of which are now in their 6th edition.
As leading experts in the latest dermatologic procedures, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology frequently conducts clinical trials to advance the field of cosmetic and laser dermatology treatments.
Candidates for Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment
Sclerotherapy is an ideal treatment option if you are currently experiencing the following problems:
During a consultation at our San Diego office, we will examine your veins and address your concerns to develop a customized treatment plan to meet your needs. If it’s determined that you’re not a candidate for sclerotherapy, you may fare better with a different vein treatment, including:
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a safe, minimally invasive treatment option that helps eliminate unsightly spider or varicose veins, allowing you to feel comfortable wearing shorts, skirts, and other clothing that shows your legs.
Other benefits include:
Clear, smooth skin
No more pain or discomfort
Visible results within 2 months
Optimal results in 3-4 months
Furthermore, sclerotherapy does not cause many side effects. In some cases, patients may experience minor swelling, discoloration, and/or bruising, although these normally dissipate in 7-10 days.
With sclerotherapy, you can have successful vein removal without surgery, anesthesia, or downtime. And because our vein reduction specialists perform the procedure themselves, you’ll be getting the best treatment and results possible.
Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at our San Diego office today to learn more about this safe, effective procedure.
What to Expect
Our vein specialists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology have performed more successful sclerotherapy procedures than anyone else in the San Diego area. When you come to our skin care center, you’re in the hands of the foremost sclerotherapy experts anywhere who put your comfort and individual needs first.
Sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment, eliminating over 90% of an injected vein in a single session, which typically takes no more than 15 minutes. It is important to note that results vary and depend on each patient’s unique vein issues and overall health. In some cases, 2 – 3 sessions are recommended to achieve the best possible results.
What To Expect
Before the Procedure
Please let your physician know prior to your sclerotherapy procedure whether you are taking any of the following medications, as they can cause bruising:
Coumadin or any blood thinning drug (Warfarin, Xarelto, Pradaxa, etc.)
Supplements like fish oil, Vitamin E, or flax
DO NOT STOP any prescribed medication unless your primary care doctor approves it.
During the Procedure
Sclerotherapy is administered with a tiny needle the size of a hair for optimal comfort. The number of sclerotherapy injections will depend on the treatment area as well as the type and severity of the vein issue. For hand veins, 1-4 injections may be administered on each hand, while more injections may be necessary for leg veins.
In hand vein treatments, the treated hand is wrapped in an ace bandage for 24 hours, which is why we suggest treating your hands separately a day apart, so they are not both wrapped at the same time
After Your Procedure
You may notice tenderness, soreness, itching and mild discomfort near the injection site for a few days as well as hardening and darkening of the veins. This is normal, as it takes 4-8 weeks for the body to re-absorb the treated veins until they are no longer visible.
Following leg vein treatments, properly fitted graduated compression stockings should be worn around the clock for the first week. This means 24/7, even while you shower. Two clinical studies that we published demonstrate that 7 days is ideal. The less time the stockings are worn the more likely the veins are to return and the more likely you are to develop pigmentation after treatment. To further enhance treatment results, you should continue to wear lighter graduated compression stockings while standing for an additional 2-3 weeks.
Two weeks after your treatment you may notice a coagulum (a small collection of blood that is trapped within the vein but is NOT a blood clot). The coagulum may be tender and sore. If this happens, you should come into the office and have it drained by your physician, which will help relieve tenderness and soreness. Ibuprofen can be taken to help relieve inflammation.
It generally can take 8-12 weeks to notice full improvement. Sometimes, additional treatment may be needed depending on how extensive the veins are. If so, we recommend that you wait 2-3 months before re-treating the same area.
To learn more about how we can help you overcome your problem veins, we encourage you to contact our team of experts today, as our warm, compassionate physicians will address your concerns and listen to aesthetic goals so that you can get the best, most customized treatment possible.
To know more, visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ or contact our body sculpting experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology.
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Q: Will I need multiple treatments?
Q: Is there any downtime following sclerotherapy in San Diego?
Q: Are the compression socks needed for the best long-term results from sclerotherapy or mainly to manage the swelling or circulation?
Q: Why would itching occur after sclerotherapy? How often does it occur in patients?
Q: Sclerotherapy was performed just days ago, and now I have a swollen leg and toes. Is this normal?
Q: Is sclerotherapy recommended for tiny veins on the cheeks?
Q: How many weeks post-sclerotherapy is it advisable to do medium to high-intensity exercise?
In addition to sclerotherapy, at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, we can improve your veins with laser treatments or phlebectomy surgery (depending on the severity of your veins). To find out which procedure is more suitable for your condition, contact our team of cosmetic laser dermatologists to treat unsightly leg or hand veins so you can look and feel your best.
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