If you suffer from spider veins, chances are they have been caused by pregnancy, age, obesity, or prolonged standing. Getting rid of your spider or varicose veins gives you a new lease on life. You no longer have to be embarrassed about how your legs look when you decide to have sclerotherapy, a safe and effective vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is a tried-and-true procedure that has been in use since the 1930s.
At O’Gorman Vein & Vascular, sclerotherapy in Mobile, AL, is a commonly performed and successful option for the removal of spider veins. Dr. O’Gorman uses ultrasound guidance to inject a medication or salt solution directly into the veins with a very fine needle. The solution causes the lining of the blood vessel to collapse and the blood to clot. The vessel eventually turns into scar tissue that fades away.
The number of veins injected at one time depends on the size and location of the veins. This procedure may cause a short period of discomfort, especially if the veins are large, but generally, there is a little-to-no real pain. In fact, it is considered a painless procedure that doesn’t require any anesthesia.
Sometimes it takes a few weeks for the appearance of veins to disappear. During this time there may be slight tenderness around the vein-injected areas. Nothing more than a mild pain reliever like aspirin is needed. Once sclerotherapy is successfully done, however, does not mean that the propensity for spider veins is gone forever.