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Vein & Spider Vein Treatments with Sclerotherapy
Eliminate embarrassing spider and varicose veins today through Sclerotherapy!
Have you ever been embarrassed by the unsightly and painful appearance of varicose or spider veins? Varicose veins are large blood vessels that become raised above the skin’s
surface. Usually found within the legs, varicose veins can be painful and may lead to more serious health
problems if they are left untreated. Although spider veins, which are tiny blood vessels that often appear in
a clustering formation, do not tend to be painful or require medical treatment, many people find them to be an
embarrassing skin condition, and they long to regain the smooth unblemished skin they once had.
Sclerotherapy offers a minimally invasive solution to this cosmetic problem that millions are plagued with. This
cosmetic medical procedure involves injecting small amounts of a specially designed solution intended to destroy
the blood vessel. Once destroyed your body will naturally absorb and dispel the vessel leaving you with smoother,
clearer skin free from spider and varicose veins.
Why Sclerotherapy for treating varicose and spider veins?
Sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment option. Research has shown that 50-80% of all injected veins are
eliminated with a series of Sclerotherapy treatment sessions. In less than 10% of all patients studied minimal
response to the sclerosing injections was found. For the small percent of patients that do not respond well to
treatment other options can be tried. Sclerotherapy is considered the treatment choice for most, however, as with
all cosmetic procedures there is no guarantee.
Results from sclerotherapy injections are generally experienced within three to six weeks following treatment.
Patients receiving injections on larger veins usually see results within three to four months. As your treatment
eliminates current veins, it is important to understand that it does not prevent new veins from forming so
additional injections may be required.
Understanding the Sclerotherapy procedure
After an initial consultation, Dr. Flagel will discuss with you the number of veins that can be treated
during one session, this will depend upon the size and location of the blood vessels you wish to be eliminated. One
treatment session usually takes approximately fifteen to thirty minutes to be conducted; the time may vary due to
the number of blood vessels being treated.
Dr. Flagel will administer your Sclerotherapy treatment through a series of tiny needles containing a
sclerosing solution. This specialized solution is injected directly into the targeted vein or blood vessel. Many
patients, especially those having larger veins treated, report feeling a mild cramping or slight discomfort for
approximately one to two minutes immediately following the injections.
Who is a candidate for Vein Treatment Sclerotherapy?
Most healthy adults are considered acceptable candidates for Sclerotherapy, however there are certain medical
conditions that may mean that Sclerotherapy is not right for you. These conditions include pregnancy, a history of
blood clots, and any patient that is bedridden. Dr. Flagel will evaluate your medical history as well as any
medications you may be taking before administering Sclerotherapy injections to determine any health risk to
It is also important to understand that any vein that may be used for any future surgical bypass procedures will
not be treated with Sclerotherapy. This includes the saphenous vein, which is a large vein within the leg that is
used for coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Only veins that have been eliminated as having possible surgical use
will be considered for injections.
The before and after for Vein Therapy:
Before receiving Sclerotherapy injections it is important to follow any recommendations Dr. Flagel may give
you. These recommendations may include avoiding certain medications, avoiding lotions, and avoid the use of over
the counter pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other anti-inflammatory medications for a minimum of
48 hours prior to treatment.
Following your treatment you may resume your regular daily activities as normal. In general, walking is
encouraged following a treatment, however some patients may be advised to use medical grade support hosiery to
“compress” the treated blood vessels. Patients receiving Sclerotherapy injections should avoid anti-inflammatory
medications for a minimum of 48 hours following treatment. During this time period, patients should also avoid hot
baths, hot compresses, whirlpools or saunas, and direct exposure to the sun. Showering should be done using
lukewarm water and mild soap.
Does Sclerotherapy have any side effects?
Any side effects will be discussed during your initial consultation. However, possible side effects associated
with Sclerotherapy, although mild, include itching, irritation, bruising, or possible swelling at the injection
site. These side effects generally dissipate within one week.
Other, more long lasting, side effects include larger treated veins becoming hard or lumpy (which may take
months to fully dissolve) and the appearance of brown lines or spots (generally fading within 3-12 months).
Temporary development of small blood vessels may appear, although this condition generally fades within 3-12