Are you tired of seeing areas on your legs that constantly look bruised? Do your legs feel tired all of the time? If so, you may have a problem with varicose veins. Varicose veins cause blood to stagnate or reflux inside small veins in your legs. Sometimes little spider veins will develop in the skin, which often looks like a bruise. Sclerotherapy treats the affected areas by injecting a medication that causes the spider veins to collapse on themselves, eliminating the stagnating blood inside the small veins. After the procedure, we recommend that you wear some form of compression to achieve the best results.
Patients should consider all aspects of sclerotherapy. They wonder about recovery, the cost, and if they are the right candidate. Well, the team here at J Hopkins Plastic Surgery will tell you here and now that we have your best interest in mind. If you’re worried about the risks of sclerotherapy, we are here to put your mind at ease. We will thoroughly assess whether you are a good candidate and take all necessary precautions to prevent side effects or risks.
The best candidates for sclerotherapy are the ones who are relatively healthy and don’t mind some minor discomfort during the procedure. If you have any questions about the procedure, we’re happy to answer any of them, so you can feel more confident walking into the procedure room.
You need to take some precautions prior to the procedure. If you are taking any blood-thinning medication or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, you need to discuss this with the surgeon prior to sclerotherapy. You may need to temporarily stop taking these medications before surgery. You will also need to avoid putting any lotion or oil on your legs before surgery. You will be also asked to not eat or drink for at least 12 hours prior to the procedure. There may be some specific preparations your surgeon will ask of you, just make sure to ask a few days prior to surgery.
The sclerotherapy procedure is rather simple and only has mild discomfort. First, the surgeon will numb the area to be treated. Then saline solution is injected into the vein along with some pain medication. Once the vein is injected, you may experience some burning or cramping for a minute or two. Afterwards, the surgeon may instruct you to wear compression stockings to make the sclerotherapy more effective. You will then have a follow-up a few days after the procedure.
After the procedure itself, you may experience some bruising or minor swelling in the areas treated. This is normal. You should see the results of the sclerotherapy in about 4-6 weeks after the injections. We stress that you wear compression stockings and follow the instructions that we provide to you after the procedure.
Any surgical procedure will have certain side effects. Fortunately, the side effects of sclerotherapy are very mild and short-lived. Many patients will experience itching or swelling at the injection site that fades within a few days. Longer side effects include a bumpy vein, or browning of the vein that will fade over time. Many patients see the discoloration disappear within a year. If you have questions about any of the side effects of sclerotherapy, we invite you to speak with one of our experienced doctors at 972-298-6641.
If our team could be your advocate beyond the procedure, we would. We do everything we can to help you feel prepared, ready to recover, and on your way to a new you. Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopkins focuses on his patient’s needs first and foremost. We ensure health, safety, and the desired outcome every time.