Sclerotherapy is a simple and effective FDA approved outpatient procedure utilized as treatment spider and varicose veins since the 1930’s. This procedure involves a series of injections containing sodium chloride, this sclerosing solution is then introduced to affected veins causing them to blanch and ultimately disappear. Your doctor is guided by the use of imaging technology, either ultrasound or a more advanced method like VeinViewer Technology. This advanced method is achieved by the use of near-infrared light that accurately reproduces the vascular structure of your veins in image form. This allows your physician to see all the affected veins which may not visible from the surface of your skin. If your case is particularly severe your medical practitioner may suggest supplemental laser treatments in order to yield the best results for you.
What to Expect During and After Sclerotherapy Treatment
Sclerotherapy procedures typically range anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes varying from person to person. There is no use of anesthesia and most patients report minimal pain to no pain at all, and can return to work the same day. The number of injections any one person will need depends greatly on the size of the afflicted area. On average, one sclerotherapy injection will be needed per inch of affected vein. This may seem a bit unnerving however studies show that around 80 percent of all instances of spider and varicose veins are eliminated after just a single session. Depending on the amount of bruising, the typical turnaround for seeing visible results is three to six weeks.
Finding Exceptional Treatment for a Common Condition
Around fifty percent of the population will develop varicose or spider veins by the time they reach 50 years old. If you are searching for vein treatment in Chicago, contact the vein specialists at Veins Without Surgery. They can offer their professional opinion and help determine the best possible treatment options for you.