Intro to Sclerotherapy in TX

January 27, 2021

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat spider veins, i.e., the dense cluster of blood vessels visible on the skin’s surface. Spider veins usually occur due to the accumulation of blood in your veins, making the vein walls dilate and appear on the surface of the skin. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a special medication into the spider veins to seal them shut.

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic treatment for spider veins. However, spider veins often indicate an underlying medical condition that necessitates other minimally invasive treatment options. As such, if you have spider veins on the surface of the skin, please schedule an appointment with our vein doctors to discuss your vein treatment options in TX.

How does sclerotherapy work?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat spider veins. It relies on a special medication called “sclerosant,” which usually contains hypertonic saline, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, or polidocanol — the specific formulation is chosen by the vein doctor based on your unique goals and concerns.

During ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, the sclerosant solution is injected into the spider veins under ultrasound guidance to fuse their vein walls. The spider veins turn into hardened scar tissues, eventually absorbed by the body. As they’re absorbed, they fade away from the surface of the skin, leading to smooth and even-textured skin.

How long does a sclerotherapy session take?

Sclerotherapy is a “lunchtime” procedure that concludes within 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of spider veins on the surface of the skin. While you might experience some soreness and mild discomfort, you can resume all your daily activities without downtime. In fact, patients often opt for sclerotherapy during their lunch break at work.

How many sclerotherapy treatments do I need?

The number of sclerotherapy treatments you need depends entirely on your specific condition and goals. However, most patients need 2 to 4 sclerotherapy treatments to see optimal results. Your vein doctor will curate the ideal treatment plan and frequency according to your specific needs.

Sclerotherapy is the ideal minimally invasive procedure to treat spider veins. This article provides a detailed introduction to ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy in TX.

What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a fairly painless and safe procedure with minor side effects around the injection sites. You might experience some bruising, redness, swelling, discolored spots, and darkened blood vessels around the treatment areas, but these side effects usually dissipate in a few days or weeks. Severe side effects, like inflammation, blood clots, and allergies, are rare enough to be a statistical impossibility.

How soon will I see the results?

The results will become evident as the spider veins gradually harden into scar tissues and get absorbed by the body. The spider veins will gradually fade away in 2 to 4 weeks, and the results will improve over multiple sessions.

Can I get insurance coverage for sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is considered a cosmetic treatment because it only treats spider veins, not the underlying root cause of spider veins, i.e., venous insufficiency. Insurance usually pays to make you feel better, not look better. However, if your sclerotherapy is a part of a larger treatment plan to address underlying venous insufficiency, you may receive some coverage. However, you should discuss that possibility with your vein doctor.

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What are my other vein treatment options?

Sclerotherapy is the ideal treatment for spider veins, not the larger varicose veins or underlying chronic venous insufficiency. However, the presence of spider veins often indicates underlying vein disease, a chronic medical condition wherein blood accumulates in your leg veins.

Your vein doctor will conduct some vascular imaging tests before the treatment to determine if your spider veins are, in fact, caused by underlying venous insufficiency. If so, they may recommend radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, or VenaSeal before sclerotherapy.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive vein treatment wherein thermal energy is used to treat venous insufficiency. The vein doctor creates an incision on the surface of the skin to insert a catheter under ultrasound guidance. The catheter delivers thermal energy into the diseased vein’s walls to make it shut down, rerouting the accumulated blood to healthier leg veins. The procedure is covered by all insurance plans.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

Endovenous laser ablation is a minimally invasive vein treatment wherein the laser energy is used to treat venous insufficiency. The vein doctor creates an incision on the surface of the skin to insert a laser fiber under ultrasound guidance. The laser fiber delivers laser energy into the diseased vein’s walls to make it shut down, rerouting the accumulated blood to healthier leg veins. The procedure is covered by all insurance plans.

VenaSeal

VenaSeal is a minimally invasive procedure wherein medical adhesives are used to treat venous insufficiency. The vein doctor injects a medical-grade adhesive into the diseased saphenous vein under ultrasound guidance to seal its walls shut. The accumulated blood reroutes to healthier leg veins, restoring effective blood circulation to the heart. This procedure is fairly new, so it’s not yet covered by all insurance plans.

How do I know which is the right treatment for me?

The only way to identify the true root cause of your spider veins is to consult a reputable vein treatment center in Texas.

Vein Treatment Clinic, Houston, is widely recognized as an advanced medical center specializing in minimally invasive vein treatments. Our vein doctors run advanced vascular imaging tests to diagnose the root cause of your spider veins, discuss your medical history, and examine your leg veins to recommend the ideal vein treatment options. We aim to treat spider veins with the assurance that they won’t simply return later.

VTC Houston is located in Uptown Houston, a short drive from the Galleria shopping mall. Please schedule an appointment with our vein doctors to discuss your treatment options.

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