Sclerotherapy in Philadelphia

Are you looking for sclerotherapy in Philadelphia? Meeting Point Health offers sclerotherapy to help patients improve the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins. Contact the specialists at Meeting Point Health today to schedule this quick, outpatient procedure. 

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How does sclerotherapy work?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which a solution is injected into a varicose vein.  The solution causes the vein to collapse and eventually be reabsorbed into the surrounding tissue.

What Can Sclerotherapy Treat?

This outpatient sclerotherapy treats both varicose veins and spider veins. 

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that may appear red, blue, or skin-colored. They can cause the overlying skin to bulge out, and they often appear on the thighs, calves, and legs. Sometimes they can also occur in the pelvic area during pregnancy.

Spider Veins

Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins. They usually do not bulge out of the skin, and most often appear red or purplish in color. As their name suggests, these veins resemble a tree branch or spider web.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy treatment is effective at reducing the severity of both spider veins and varicose veins in 90% of patients. Used by doctors since the 1930’s, sclerotherapy is a proven treatment for improving the appearance of both vascular conditions.

Sclerotherapy Procedure

This outpatient procedure should only take about 30-45 minutes. During this time, the doctor will cleanse the injection sites and inject the solution directly into the bulging vein with a fine needle. The number of injections needed will depend on the size of the treatment area and the health of the patient.

What to Expect Before Your Appointment

There are several medications you should not take in the weeks leading up to and directly following your procedure. Tetracycline and minocin, both antibiotics, can react negatively with the injected solution and cause a staining of the skin. 

Patients should avoid anti-inflammatory medications including ibuprofen, aspirin, or steroidal medications like prednisone as these medications can reduce the effectiveness of the injected solution.

Additionally, patients should avoid putting on creams or lotions before the procedure to prevent any adverse reactions.

Results

Mild swelling after the procedure is normal. Any discomfort from the injection should subside shortly after the procedure is complete. Generally, one procedure can eliminate between 50% and 80% of varicose and spider veins, depending on the severity of the condition. More sessions may be necessary to reduce the appearance of larger, more extensive varicose and spider veins. 

Spider veins usually disappear after three to six weeks of treatment. However, varicose veins—which are bigger—can take up to three to four months to disappear. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Patients with cosmetic spider and reticular veins on the legs, ankles, and feet that are flat and not raised or bumpy are good sclerotherapy candidates. Medical conditions such as scleroderma, hepatitis C, obesity, xeroderma pigmentosa, and patients on blood thinners are contraindications to sclerotherapy.

Is Sclerotherapy painful?

Sclerotherapy is not typically associated with any significant pain. Many sclerotherapists will numb the area prior to treatment so there is no discomfort for patients during sclerotherapy injections.

How long does sclerotherapy last?

Sclerotherapy performed on specific varicose veins is permanent. However, new vascularization can occur. Patients typically need multiple follow-up sclerotherapy treatments to address multiple areas and reevaluate treated areas. 

What happens after sclerotherapy?

Post-treatment recommendations include wearing compression wear to reduce possible swelling. Avoid sunbathing, heat and strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks.  for one month following sclerotherapy refraining from strenuous exercise/activity for 24 hours. Once a sclerotherapy protocol has been completed, patients are able to return to regular activities. Topical Arnica can be used after sclerotherapy to help reduce bruising.

FAQs about Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that involves the injection of a sclerosant solution into the veins to help close and collapse them, thus reducing their appearance. Many sclerotherapists use polidocanol (Asclera), which has been shown to cause less bruising inside the veins.

Patients with bulging spider and/or varicose veins on the legs, ankles, and feet are good sclerotherapy candidates. Medical conditions such as scleroderma, hepatitis C, obesity, xeroderma pigmentosa, and conditions requiring blood thinners are contraindications to sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is not typically associated with any significant pain. Many sclerotherapists will numb the area prior to treatment so there is no discomfort for patients during sclerotherapy injections.

Sclerotherapy performed on specific varicose veins is permanent. However, new vascularization can occur. Patients typically need multiple follow-up sclerotherapy treatments to address multiple areas and reevaluate treated areas.

Post-treatment recommendations include:

  • Wearing compression wear to reduce possible swelling. 
  • Avoid sunbathing, heat, and strenuous exercise for at least 2 weeks.  
  • For one month following sclerotherapy, refraining from strenuous exercise/activity for 24 hours. 
  • Topical arnica can be used after sclerotherapy to help reduce bruising.

Sclerotherapy FAST FACTS

Starting at $250

Every 2 weeks until desired outcome is achieved

 15-30 min

Downtime is between 24-72 hours and can include some swelling or tenderness at the sclerotherapy. Maximum results achieved in about 3 months.

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For more information on Sclerotherapy in Philadelphia, or to reserve an appointment, contact Meeting Point Health today!

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