Sclerotherapy treats both varicose and spider veins. This treatment is thought to be one of the best treatments especially for extra tiny varicose veins. Sclerotherapy begins with placing a mixture into the tiny vein with a needle and syringe. This mixture makes the vein become injured and pushes the blood to flow into healthier veins that are stronger. These collapsed veins then go back into the tissue and gradually fade away. Most cases of sclerotherapy are completed for beautifying reasons, to hide the dark look of varicose and spider veins. Doing this can improve symptoms such as night cramps, burning, aching and swelling.
To begin the procedure, the patient will lie on their back or front where the veins are visible. We clean the area with alcohol, then one of our providers will use a tiny needle to steadily place the sclerotherapy solution into the accurate vein. When the solution is put into the body it begins to work by depressing the border of the vein. This causes it to close making blood unable to flow. Recharge’s solutions contain a local anesthetic called lidocaine. This will help the procedure be as painless as possible. A foam version of the solution can also be used. Foam is typically used when larger veins are involved. The foam solution can cover more surface area than liquid. Once the needle is withdrawn, your care team will apply compression and lightly massage the area where the solution was injected to keep blood out of the injected vessel and disperse the solution evenly throughout the area. A bandage goes over the injection site to ensure the area stays compressed while the provider moves on to the next vein. Depending on the number and size of veins being treated will determine the number of injections needed.