Sclerotherapy is used at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology in NYC to treat varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure, which has been used successfully for years, involves injecting a solution into the veins that causes their linings to contract and the veins to disappear.
How can sclerotherapy remove my varicose veins or spider veins?
The dermatologists at the Manhattan Center for Dermatology can examine your veins and see if they are good candidates for this treatment. If sclerotherapy is indicated, a salt solution is injected directly into the veins. The entire procedure takes about thirty minutes or so to complete.
There may be mild discomfort from the injection, or even some cramping, especially when large veins are treated, but this only lasts one or two minutes.
If a large number of veins need to be treated, more than one visit may be needed.
Not all veins respond to sclerotherapy and some may be better treated with our lasers or other procedures, but it is successful in treating fifty to eighty percent of the unsightly veins each session. Patients usually see gratifying results in three to six weeks.
What precautions should I take before my treatment?
You should let the doctor who is going to perform the sclerotherapy know about any antibiotics you are taking because use of these, including tetracycline, during the ten days preceding the treatment may lead to skin discoloration. Prednisone should be discontinued for two days before the treatment as well, and you should check with the doctor who prescribed it to see if its use can be safely interrupted.
For the two days prior to your treatment, you should avoid taking any aspirin or ibuprofen with the approval of your prescribing physician.
What should I expect after sclerotherapy?
After treatment by a NYC dermatologist, you will be instructed to go home and keep your legs elevated until the next morning. You will be able to remove the dressings the next morning and resume all your normal activities. You may be instructed to wear support hosiery, and should stay away from hot baths, saunas, and whirlpools for two days following the procedure. You will also be instructed to avoid sun bathing or other exposure to direct sunlight during this short recovery time and should refrain from taking any aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medications during this time, but Tylenol may be used if necessary.
You may shower and wash the area with mild soaps, but the temperature of the water should be lukewarm.
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