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Fight Varicose Veins and Spider Veins With Sclerotherapy

Published on April 10, 2015

Vein problems can occur in both men and women when the valves that regulate blood flow inside the veins become weakened. This can lead to blood backing up in areas of the veins, which can cause bulging or spreading of the blood into surrounding areas. Vein problems can be both unattractive and uncomfortable. Sclerotherapy can provide relief to allow healthier blood flow to the extremities.

Varicose Veins Treatment in NYC

Varicose veins are swollen, twisted and bulging veins that appear on the legs or other parts of the body, just under the skin. These damaged veins can cause moderate to severe discomfort and may be discolored a blue or purple color.

Spider Veins Treatment Options

Spider veins appear as thin, spreading red or purple lines under the skin that look similar to a spider’s web. These veins may cause aching or burning sensations on standing for long periods of time. They are much thinner than varicose veins, lie just under the surface of the skin, and may cause self-consciousness and embarrassment.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure in which a chemical, called a sclerosant, is injected into the vein to cause it to collapse, which directs blood flow to other blood vessels in the area. This measure reduces pressure in the damaged vein.

Recovery Time Following this Procedure in Manhattan

Generally, sclerotherapy patients must limit physical activity for a few days after the procedure. Mild discomfort that results from the procedure can be managed with Tylenol. Many doctors recommend avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, which can affect bleeding.

Who Can Benefit From This Dermatological Procedure?

Individuals in good general health can generally benefit from sclerotherapy for vein problems. Women who are pregnant should not undergo this procedure until after the birth of their child. Patients who have had blood clots in the past will be advised on an individual basis.

If you are troubled by painful varicose veins or unsightly spider veins, contact your local dermatologist to discuss the benefits of sclerotherapy and how it can help you.