Sclerotherapy is a simple non-surgical procedure performed by Dr. Grishkevich to “erase” spider veins, which are small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins, or larger varicose veins. During the Sclerotherapy procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes the vein to close off and fade from view.
Spider veins are commonly found on the calves, thighs and ankles. They can be especially noticeable and unsightly when you are wearing shorts, dresses, skirts, or a bathing suit.
Typical symptoms of spider veins or larger varicose veins are itchy, bulging, swollen, or restless legs. Heredity, pregnancy, hormonal changes, trauma, weight gain, and prolonged sitting or standing are all sources that contribute to the development of both spider veins and varicose veins.
During your Sclerotherapy consultation with Dr. Grishkevich, he will discuss the options and alternatives in great detail, providing you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about this non-surgical procedure.
Dr. Grishkevich will begin the consultation by identifying the cause of your spider veins using the latest diagnostic technology. Once the source is found, he will recommend the Sclerotherapy that will achieve the best results for you. It typically takes 3-5 treatments per region to achieve optimum results.
Sclerotherapy near me.
Sclerotherapy is performed by Dr. Grishkevich is an out-patient procedure under local topical anesthesia; each procedure typically takes approximately 30 minutes.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a pharmaceutical–called a sclerosant–you’re your problem veins. The sclerosant causes the veins to scar and collapse so blood no longer fills them. The body will absorb the diseased veins and reroute your blood to healthy veins within a few weeks.
Some of Dr. Grishkevich’s patients also combine their Sclerotherapy with other cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures, such as BOTOX® or injectable dermal fillers ( Juvederm, Radiesse, Restlane / Prelance and Fat Transfer), Fraxel Laser, chemical peels, laser hair removal, and skin care. NOTE: If patients are having a facelift / neck lift, browlift / forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose job cosmetic procedure in the Operating Room, they can choose to add a BOTOX® injection or an injectable dermal filler.
After a Sclerotherapy procedure, patients can resume normal daily activities and walking is encouraged to prevent blood clots. You will wear support to compress the treated vessels for one week after treatment to keep blood blow out of the treated veins.
Dr. Grishkevich recommends that you avoid strenuous activities the evening after the procedure, but you will have no additional restrictions after that. You should avoid hot baths, whirlpools, saunas, hot compresses, and direct exposure to sunlight for 48 hours after treatment.
Common side effects can include itching for 1 to 2 days after the procedure. The injection site may become raised and red, with some bruising, but should disappear in a few days. Dr. Grishkevich will schedule a follow-up post-recovery office visit to discuss your progress.
Sclerotherapy uses an injection of a special chemical (sclerosant) into a varicose vein to damage and scar the inside lining of the vein. This causes the vein to close.
During this procedure, the affected leg is elevated to drain blood, and the sclerosant is injected into the varicose vein. The procedure is done in a doctor's office or clinic and takes 5 to 30 minutes, depending on how many varicose veins are treated and how big they are.
After the injection of sclerosant is given, pressure is applied over the veins to prevent blood return when you stand up. You may need to wear compression stockings for several days or weeks to maintain the pressure.
The sclerotherapy injection may be painful, and the chemical (sclerosant) that is injected can cause a feeling of burning or cramping for a few minutes in the area where the shot was given. You may need repeated sessions and many injections each session, depending on the extent of the varicose veins and type of sclerosant used.A newer, minimally invasive technique allows your doctor to inject sclerosant with a catheter. The catheter and sclerosant are guided to the affected vein with the help of duplex ultrasound. This process allows sclerotherapy treatment to be used on larger varicose veins that previously could only be treated surgically with ligation and stripping, in which larger varicose veins are tied off and removed.
What to expect after treatment.
Sclerotherapy generally does not require any recovery period. You will likely be able to walk immediately after the treatment, but you should take it easy for a day or two. Bed rest is not recommended, but you may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after sclerotherapy. Avoid exposing your legs to the sun for the first 2 weeks after the procedure.
You will probably have to wear compression stockings for a short time after having sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins: Sspider veins and small veins that are not causing more serious problems; smaller varicose veins that come back after vein-stripping surgery.
Sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins: larger varicose veins, when minimally invasive techniques are used. Sclerotherapy may be done alone or as a follow-up to surgery.
Sclerotherapy should not be done if you: have a history of allergy to sclerosant or similar substances; have blood clots or inflammation in the deep leg veins (deep vein thrombosis); are pregnant or nursing. It is not known whether the chemical (sclerosant) causes birth defects or gets into breast milk.
How well it works?
Sclerotherapy costs less than surgery, requires no hospital stay, and allows a quicker return to work and normal activities. Sclerotherapy can reduce symptoms and improve the look of the skin. It works in about 80 out of 100 people. It doesn't work for about 20 out of 100 people who have the procedure.
Skin color changes along the treated vein. This is the most common side effect of sclerotherapy. The discoloration may take 6 to 12 months to disappear. In some people, it may be permanent. Failure of treatment to prevent varicose veins from returning. Itching, bruising, pain, and blistering where the veins were treated. Scarring resulting from ulcers or death of the tissue around the treated vein (skin or fat necrosis) if sclerosant is injected outside a vein or sclerosant escapes through the wall of a weakened vein. A mild or severe (anaphylactic) reaction to the sclerosant. (Severe reaction is very rare but can be life-threatening.) Blood clots or damage in the deep vein system.
To learn more about Sclerotherapy procedures, please call us today at (360) 260-7069 or complete this form on our website to schedule an initial consultation.
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