The physicians in Einstein's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery are specially trained in the latest techniques to perform sclerotherapy, the minimally invasive procedure that can safely and effectively eliminate small varicose and spider veins on the thighs, calves and ankles.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is the primary treatment for improving the appearance of spider veins and small varicose veins and to relieve some of the symptoms associated with them, including aching, burning, swelling and night cramps.
During the procedure, your physician will cleanse the area to be treated with alcohol. Then a small, thin needle will be used to insert a sterile solution into the vein. The solution causes the vein to shut. It blocks the flow of blood and makes the blood reroute through other veins. This turns the spider vein into a scar that fades after a few weeks.
Once the needle is taken out, the physician will apply compression and massage the area to keep the blood out of the injected vein.
What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
- The procedure does not require anesthesia and usually takes less than an hour to complete.
- You'll lie down during the procedure and rest after your procedure for about 15 to 20 minutes while the physician checks the injection sites.
- After that period is over, you'll move around to avoid blood clots from forming.
- You'll need a ride home after the procedure and you'll have to avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks after the procedure.
- You'll need to wear compression stockings or bandages over the treated veins for about three weeks after the procedure.
- Avoid exposing the treated areas to direct sunlight. It could create dark spots on your skin.