Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins: A Quick Guide

a photo of an elderly person sitting in a chair holding their lower leg with one handIf you find yourself constantly opting for pants over skirts or avoiding certain activities because of varicose veins — it’s time to consider a change.

At Hillcrest Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Orlando, FL, that change could come from sclerotherapy, a minimally invasive treatment that can make those troublesome veins virtually invisible. Regain your confidence and expand your wardrobe options with a treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs.

Sclerotherapy Consultation

Before initiating treatment, an in-depth consultation is crucial. Dr. Kenrick Spence and Dr. Fernando Ovalle, Jr. can guide you through preparation for the procedure, discuss aftercare, and review any medications or supplements you are taking, as some may need to be avoided. Your veins will also be screened using a Doppler to make sure you get the best possible treatment plan.

Treatment Procedure

The treatment procedure involves minimal discomfort, thanks to a topical anesthetic applied beforehand. The veins are then injected with an FDA-approved sclerosing agent, Sotradecol, causing them to collapse and fade away. Most patients experience a slight sting lasting just a few seconds. The entire procedure can be completed in 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your specific condition.

What to Expect After Treatment

Post-treatment, you’ll need to wear compression stockings for a few days. Some minor side effects like bruising or small, red areas at injection sites may appear but generally resolve within days. Depending on the severity of your condition, three to six sessions may be recommended to achieve the best results, which are usually visible six to eight weeks after the final session.

Safety and Side Effects

Sclerotherapy is generally a safe and effective treatment for varicose veins when performed by experienced providers like Dr. Spence and Dr. Ovalle Jr.

However, it’s important to have some awareness of potential side effects and to disclose your medical history fully. The treatment may not be suitable for those taking prescription blood thinners, those suffering from clotting or bleeding disorders, or those who are pregnant, among other reasons.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Don’t let varicose veins impact your life or your decisions. If you’re looking for an effective solution, sclerotherapy at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery & Dermatology could be the answer.

Contact the practice today at 407-999-2585 to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward smoother, vein-free skin.

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