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Sclerotherapy is a procedure for varicose and spider veins to improve the unsightly appearance of the veins by injecting a sclerosing solution directly into them. The solution, sodium chloride, once it comes in contact with the veins acts as a shrinking agent significantly reducing the appearance of the vein through the skin. It does this by irritating the walls of the vein causing them both to contract and to stick together.
The sclerotherapy procedure itself takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes and involves mixing a solution of sodium chloride (NaCl) and a few other agents together into a very fine needle and injecting it directly into varicose and spider veins to contract the sides of the vessel. The procedure is not ‘painful’ but some do report mild cramping when larger veins are injected.
The most common side effect when injecting larger veins is a ‘lumpiness’ for a few months (before naturally settling out). This normally only occurs with larger veins.Other less common side effects of sclerotherapy that should be reported immediately if they occur are:
Please consult with Dr. Heimer to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Certain medical conditions make you ineligible for sclerotherapy.
After child birth a woman must wait a minimum of 3 months before being considered for sclerotherapy. In addition, Dr. Heimer will have to evaluate on a case-by-case basis the potential for future vein use.
For example, some veins are important for surgical bypass procedures and should not be injected with a sclerosing agent.
Contact our office to setup a consultation to see if sclerotherapy is right for you.
If you avoid wearing shorts because you have dark, unsightly veins visible on your legs, you are not alone. Some estimates indicate that half or more of the adult female population is troubled by spider veins.
Spider veins are small, non-essential blood vessels that lie very close to the surface of the skin. Although no specific cause has been identified in the formation of spider veins, there are a number of factors that increase the likelihood that spider veins will form. Heredity, hormonal changes, weight gain, and long periods of sitting or standing all affect the likelihood that you will suffer from spider veins.
Since spider veins are not essential parts of your circulatory system, the most effective treatment for this cosmetic problem is to collapse the veins. Dr. Heimer accomplishes this using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL is high-energy but not as intense as laser light, making it perfect for the delicate job of collapsing spider veins. Dr. Heimer can dramatically improve the appearance of areas afflicted by spider veins in as little as one or two sessions.
Since the late 1990′s, there have been several new therapies offered as an alternative to vein stripping for the treatment of varicose veins; Sclerotherapy, Radiofrequency, and Endovenous Lasers. It is very important to understand the treatment options available to you and the differences between these treatments so you can make an informed decision about your care.
A small single needle incision is made in the leg and a fiber is inserted into the varicose vein. The laser is activated and as the fiber is moved through the vein it gently heats and safely closes the vein. Once the vein is closed, the blood that was circulating through his vein is simply rerouted to other healthy veins and the varicose vein essentially vanishes.
The CoolTouch CTEV procedure is minimally invasive and is performed right here in Dr. Heimer’s office. You are awake for the procedure and will feel very little if any pain as your leg will be numbed using a local anesthetic. The procedure takes approximately one hour to perform per leg treated.
One of the tremendous benefits of the CoolTouch CTEV procedure is that patients do not experience the incision scars or bruising that are often present with alternative treatments. Rarely does bruising occur when the CoolTouch CTEV procedure is performed alone. And since the incision is so small, no stiches are necessary.
Your symptoms will begin to improve immediately after the CoolTouch CTEV procedure is completed. However, depending on their severity, some symptoms may take 1-2 weeks to completely disappear.