What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy has been used to treat varicose veins and spider veins on the legs for quite some time. It is also one of the most effective treatments for bulging veins in the hands and feet. This medical procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant solution into the prominent veins, which causes their eventual collapse. The treated veins are ultimately absorbed into the body and the blood is redirected naturally to flow through other healthier veins.
Sclerotherapy can treat the following:
- Leg veins
- Hand veins
- Feet veins
Sclerotherapy For Hand Veins
Prominent veins can make the hands look substantially older. Over the years, the skin loses some of its elasticity and volume. This can result in the appearance of lumpy, unattractive veins at the skin’s surface. Areas like the hands which receive a great deal of sun exposure, tend to show these signs of damage more quickly than other parts of the body.
These bulging veins that are noticeable near the surface of the skin are not necessary to the circulatory system. Veins deeper within the hand are sufficient to transport blood to and from the area. Therefore, if surface hand veins are cosmetically bothersome, it is quite safe to treat and remove them.
We perform sclerotherapy treatment in the doctor’s office and it typically takes only about 30 minutes. Some patients require only a single session of sclerotherapy to completely the issue, while others may require multiple sessions. Anesthesia is not necessary and most patients report experiencing little to no pain, other than a mild burning sensation.
During sclerotherapy, a solution called a sclerosant is injected into the damaged veins with a very fine needle. The sclerosant causes irritation in the veins, eventually collapsing them. When the weakened veins collapse, they reabsorb into the body and healthier veins take their place.
The number of injections per session varies depending on the number and length of the damaged veins. After the sclerotherapy procedure, we apply cotton balls and compression tape to the injection site.
Spider Veins Before and After Photos
What is Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy?
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat veins hidden under the skin. The procedure involves injecting a solution into the veins while using an ultrasound image. The solution causes the vein to close and over time they disappear as the body absorbs them.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Procedure
An ultrasound examination maps the abnormal veins and helps identify the origin and course of the veins. Dr. Kapusta, using the ultrasound guidance is able to accurately guide the needle and precisely inject the abnormal veins. He is then able to visualize the progress via the ultrasound. Adjacent structures are identified and kept safe from injury. Sometimes the sclerosant solution is mixed with CO2 to create a foam and enhance the effectiveness.
After the procedure the patients are fitted with stockings and encouraged to walk. Patients are seen two weeks after the procedure and a repeat ultrasound is done to ensure the success of the treatment.
Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy Patient Testimonial
“Could not be happier with the results I got at this clinic. Dr. Kapusta and his staff are wonderful. The process from evaluation to treatment is very efficient with ultrasound being done in the office by Dr. Kapusta and explained to you right there. I was very comfortable during my procedure and am loving my new legs! I highly recommend this clinic. “
Sclerotherapy Recovery & Results
After sclerotherapy treatment, most patients can return to work and normal activities the same day. Patients may need to wear compression gloves and support bandages for several days after the procedure. Some patients may experience mild bruising and discoloration after treatment but these side effects usually subside within a few days.
The long-lasting results of sclerotherapy begin to show up immediately, and are usually fully visible after 3 to 6 weeks. The number of sessions a patient will need will vary depending on the area to improve.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are suffering from varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy may be a good treatment option for you. To find out more information, call (713) 349-8346 to schedule a consultation at Vein Center Houston