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Sclerotherapy

Do you dislike the appearance of visible veins on your legs? Do you wear hosiery even in warm weather, or hide your legs under trousers or slacks? Spider veins and varicose veins, large dilated blood vessels, can be unattractive and embarrassing for both women and men.

Large spider veins and blood vessels are caused by aging, genetics, long periods of standing, crossing your legs, poor circulation, weight gain and inactivity. While exercising regularly, wearing support hose, and eating a proper diet will help to prevent some leg veins, you may still fight them regardless of your lifestyle.

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Sclerotherapy as a solution for unwanted veins

Sclerotherapy involves an injectable formulation that significantly decreases the appearance of leg veins. Sclerotherapy works very well in treating smaller blood vessels, and can be used for larger, more obtrusive, problematic veins as well. This procedure is used to treat varicose veins, although alternative methods may be more effective in treating those that are very large. For the removal of unwanted leg veins, Sclerotherapy has been a leading treatment for more than half a century.

What to expect

Treatment sessions typically last about 20 minutes in our comfortable Montclair dermatology office. This depends on the number of veins that are being addressed; however, a treatment session may take up to 45 minutes. Six or more professional treatment sessions may be needed to realize full results.

The compound is a combination of chemicals including glycerin and a little lidocaine, which improves comfort during treatment. This formulation results in a much more comfortable experience than what was previously available with the hypertonic salines. Glycerin does not typically hyper pigment the skin like some other sclerosing agents which definitely do.

After treatment, patients wear compression stockings or garments for about three days to improve comfort and speed healing. The treatment area may look red or slightly bruised as veins begin to close up, but most people can resume normal activities right away. The skin where injected may look hive-like and this is also normal

Understanding risks

Most of the side effects that may occur after Sclerotherapy in Montclair are mild and temporary. These include dark lines or spots, small sores on the skin, areas of red, raised skin, bruising, and an increase in tiny blood vessels (these can be treated).

Not as common, side effects such as allergic reaction or inflammation may occur. Your doctor has solutions for these side effects, should they occur. We encourage our patients to contact our office if they experience any conditions such as difficulty breathing, nausea, visual disturbances, or warming of the treatment area. With medical attention, side effects from Sclerotherapy can be successfully handled.

Common questions

How does Sclerotherapy cause veins to disappear?

The Sclerotherapy procedure involves injecting what is called a sclerosing agent into unwanted spider and varicose veins. The solution causes irritation in the lining of the vein, causing it to gradually narrow until it closes and disappears. These spider veins are not necessary for function and can be safely eradicated.

Does Sclerotherapy hurt?

The solutions used today are formulated to improve comfort, and Dr. Downie uses a very small needle for precise injections. What most patients experience is a mild sting from each injection. With the advances that have been made in Sclerotherapy, the procedure is only minimally uncomfortable.

How many treatments will I need?

Every person is different, but most of our patients see results they love within about four to six treatments. Mild cases in which only a few small veins are present may be significantly improved in one to two treatments.

Does activity need to be altered after treatment?

In fact, walking is a great activity to engage in after Sclerotherapy. The movement encourages circulation and promotes healing. Strenuous exercise, on the other hand, should be avoided for at least two to three days.

Sclerotherapy allows you to have younger-looking legs that you feel confident to show. Dr. Downie is a believer – she performs Sclerotherapy on herself, and no longer wears stockings!

If veins on your legs cause you embarrassment, call the office of Montclair dermatologist Dr. Downie today for a consultation to find out how Sclerotherapy can help. And remember, absolutely no crossing your legs!
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