Sclerotherapy in Pleasant Prairie, WI

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that has been safely used since the 1930s to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. A chemical effectively eliminates the vein by creating scar tissue that blocks the vein, causing it to close and wither.

What results can I expect?

Sclerotherapy is a short procedure in which a fine needle is inserted into the target veins and a salt solution is injected. With minimal discomfort and downtime, definitive results can be experienced within three to six weeks. Studies have shown an overall success rate of about 60 to 80 percent in eliminating treated veins.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why get sclerotherapy?

While most patients will get sclerotherapy for cosmetic purposes - to eliminate the appearance of varicose and spider veins.

The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins.

What is the procedure?

In most cases of sclerotherapy, the salt solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.

The number of veins injected in one session depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.

Sclerotherapy is performed in the doctor's office by a dermatologist or a surgeon and requires that you do not do any aerobic activity for a few days after the procedure.

What results can I expect?

If you were treated for small varicose veins or spider veins, you can usually expect to see definitive results in three to six weeks. Larger veins may require three to four months. However, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the results you want.

Studies of sclerotherapy as a treatment for varicose and spider veins indicate that it has an overall success rate of about 60 to 80 percent in eliminating treated veins.

Veins that respond to treatment will not return, but new veins may show up over time and require additional treatments. Generally you need to wait approximately 6 weeks before undergoing another procedure.

Am I candidate for sclerotherapy?

Prior to sclerotherapy, you will have an initial consultation with a dermatologist who will decide if you're a good candidate for the procedure.

You are not eligible if you are pregnant. You can have sclerotherapy if you take birth control pills. If you have had a blood clot in the past, your eligibility will be decided by a board-certified dermatologist on an individual basis.

Veins that are deemed usable for a future heart bypass surgery, will not be used for this procedure.

Is sclerotherapy safe?

Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure that has been in use since the 1930s, however like all medical procedures it should be provided by a qualified doctor.

Some side effects that may occur at the site of the injection include:

  • Bruising
  • Raised red areas
  • Small skin sores
  • Darkened skin in the form of lines or spots
  • Multiple tiny red blood vessels
These side effects can take weeks, sometimes months before dissipating entirely. Provider will explain in their consultation.

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