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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy

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While some vein irregularities can be a cosmetic issue, others can be indicative of a more serious medical concern. For patients in Lima, Celina and the surrounding areas of Auglaize County, OH, the Vein Care Centre is the top choice for sclerotherapy and venous treatments. Board-certified and aesthetic-laser-certified family physician, Dr. Manu B. Aggarwal, MSHA, MD, is an expert in venous disorders and can work with you to restore your vein health.

The veins are vital to your healthy bodily function. As you age, it is common to experience issues with your veins that can not only diminish your appearance, but also affect their ability to carry blood to the heart. This is mainly a genetic issue but many other factors play into venous disease. Many patients with vein irregularities assume the problem is merely cosmetic. However, if veins appear tender, swollen or discolored, or cause issues such as aching, sores or rashes, it is crucial to undergo an examination. Some symptoms can indicate more severe health conditions and may require immediate medical attention.

It can be difficult to determine on your own whether treatment is necessary for your problem veins. Dr. Aggarwal is highly experienced in diagnosing and correcting various kinds of venous concerns and disorders. To determine whether medical intervention is required for your health, she will conduct a full assessment of your condition and walk you through the best way to proceed.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is commonly known as the gold standard for spider vein treatments. It is a minimally invasive, highly effective procedure designed to correct the appearance of prominent varicose or spider veins. This method involves injecting a solution directly into the vein to irritate the inner lining, causing them to seal off, turn to scar tissue and eventually be absorbed by the body. This process gradually allows the vein to disappear entirely.

The solution injected into your body may either be Sotradecol® or Polidocanol®, which are both FDA-approved and safe for the body. In some cases, these medications may be mixed with air to create a foam solution, which is considered an off-label type of usage. At the Vein Care Center, Dr. Aggarwal and her team has helped countless patients achieve better vein health and a more aesthetically pleasing appearance through sclerotherapy.

How is Sclerotherapy Performed?

Sclerotherapy is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes only 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The method will vary slightly for each patient, depending on their unique needs and concerns. At the Vein Care Center, our specialists will examine your condition to determine the most suitable approach before tailoring this treatment specifically to you.

First, your skin will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution to ensure the area is clean and prepared for treatment. A highly trained and certified sclerotherapist will then use a tiny needle to inject the chosen solution into the problem veins. You may feel a slight prick, which many patients liken to the feeling of an ant bite, as well as a mild burning sensation. The solution will then dissolve the vein to restore smoother, natural-looking skin. This treatment can be done usually without an ultrasound. However, an ultrasound may be used to locate deeper varicose veins that are feeding the superficial surface spider veins.

Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Spider veins, also called telangiectasia or thread veins, are small, damaged veins that appear most often on the legs or face. On the skin surface, these veins can appear blue, purple or red and may emerge in the form of webs, thin lines or branches. While they are not typically painful or harmful, spider veins can be unsightly and can diminish both your appearance and confidence. For this reason, many patients seek treatment to address the cosmetic issue and restore a clearer complexion.

Sclerotherapy is a highly effective method for correcting spider veins. In a minimally invasive treatment session, the sclerosing solution causes the spider veins to collapse, allowing them to vanish gradually while leaving the surrounding skin intact. At the Vein Care Center, sclerotherapy has continued to be one of the most practical and beneficial techniques for eliminating spider veins on the legs. The Vein Care Center does not use sclerotherapy on the face.

Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins refer to swollen, twisted blood vessels that most commonly appear in the legs and feet. This condition occurs when tiny valves in the vein become damaged or stop working, causing the blood to pool in the veins, which creates visible bulging and twisting directly underneath the skin. When seeking to correct varicose veins, only a full vein examination performed by a specialist can determine the severity of the condition and which approach will effectively resolve the issue. When left untreated, varicose veins can worsen, potentially causing blood clots, discoloration, bruising or itching. This condition can also cause aching, throbbing or heaviness in the legs, and can even become debilitating in severe cases.

Sclerotherapy is a fast, convenient method for address varicose veins. By using the solution to scar and close the target vessels, the problem veins should fade within just weeks of treatment. Depending on your condition, you may require more than one injection for some veins. Regardless of your needs, our experts at the Vein Care Centre can customize the procedure to ensure optimal and long-lasting results.

Is There Downtime After Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that requires no downtime. Once sclerotherapy is complete, most patients feel comfortable resuming their daily routine immediately after treatment. In fact, we encourage our patients to continue with work and regular activity so to promote healthy circulation and accelerate recovery. You will likely be asked to wear compression garments or bandages for a few days or weeks following the procedure. This depends on if sclerotherapy is used in combination with other treatment types. This will all be discussed with you prior to treatment (s).

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number and frequency of treatments required will depend on the target area and your current condition. Most patients will require three to five sclerotherapy treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, to achieve optimal results. In some cases, the same vein may need to be treated more than once. Smaller veins generally respond to treatment within three to six weeks, while larger veins typically respond within three to four months. At the Vein Care Center, our specialists will take the time to assess your situation and design a treatment schedule tailored specifically to you.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an excellent solution for patients with problem veins that measure between 1mm and 5mm in diameter. Patients suffering from spider veins or varicose veins are the most suitable candidates for sclerotherapy. Candidates should also be at least three months out of pregnancy or childbirth. Before undergoing treatment, our vein health specialists will conduct a full analysis of your condition to determine whether sclerotherapy is the most appropriate method for you.

Alternative Vein Treatments

Though sclerotherapy is known as the gold standard of spider vein treatments, it usually requires several sessions to correct moderate to severe vein concerns. Additionally, some patients may find other procedures to be more suited to their needs. At the Vein Care Center, Dr. Aggarwal offers a range of highly developed methods to address problem veins.

Endovenous Laser Treatment

With a 98 percent success rate, endovenous laser treatment is one of the most effective minimally invasive procedures for correcting varicose veins. In a quick, convenient treatment performed under local anesthesia, a small catheter is gently inserted into the vein using ultrasound technology to ensure correct placement. The problem vein is then ablated with small controlled amounts of laser energy, and blood flow gets re-routed to healthy veins. Endovenous laser treatment is a safe, FDA-approved outpatient procedure that requires minimal downtime.

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. This highly advanced procedure is designed to locate and map out problem veins beneath the skin’s surface. Dr. Aggarwal uses ultrasound technology to eliminate veins that may progress into varicose veins, spider veins or other venous issues in the future. Since the procedure is monitored on an ultrasound screen, Dr. Aggarwal can guide the needle into the problem vein safely, accurately and effectively. Echosclerotherapy can be used to treat venous ulcers or to eliminate abnormal veins that may eventually harm your overall health.

Laser Treatment for Spider Veins

Using Cutera’s cutting-edge laser technology, Dr. Aggarwal and the nurse practitioner, Kendra Maag,  offer this quick and effective method to help patients eliminate troubling spider veins. With a focused beam of light, the laser targets the pigment in the blood. This process heats and destroys the vein, which is eventually reabsorbed by the body. For the right candidates, laser treatment provides an easy and convenient treatment method for clearing your skin of spider veins and restoring a smoother, aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Schedule a Vein Examination with Board-Certified Family Physician Dr. Manu Aggarwal

Maintaining proper vein health is crucial to your blood circulation and overall body function. While cosmetic enhancement is often a factor for patients seeking sclerotherapy, the Vein Care Centre understands that pain, aching and soreness is also a primary concern for many patients. Serving the residents of Lima, Celina, Bluffton, Findlay and beyond, Dr. Aggarwal uses cutting-edge diagnostic techniques to free patients of their problem veins and restore their vein health.

Sclerotherapy is an excellent solution for those suffering symptoms of varicose or spider veins. For patients with any kind of venous issues, Dr. Aggarwal offers a range of non-surgical, minimally invasive venous treatments to ensure that both aesthetic concerns and painful symptoms are addressed simultaneously, effectively and safely. If you are worried about your vein health or wish to know more about your treatment options, contact our clinic at 419-227-4472 to schedule your vein examination today. Most venous procedures are covered by insurance.

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