You don’t have to live with your varicose or spider veins. Treatments like sclerotherapy can get rid of the unappealing veins simply and quickly. Liza Eden Giammaria, MD, MPH, FACPh, is a vascular specialist who offers sclerotherapy treatment at her Midtown East Manhattan, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida offices to get rid of varicose and spider veins as well as to improve the look of your skin. Call Eden Veins today, or schedule an appointment online.
Varicose and spider veins are both dilated veins that you can see. They’re a common condition that affects both men and women.
Varicose veins tend to develop in larger veins and create a bulging, blue line under your skin, and they most often occur on the legs. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and don’t bulge, but cause you to develop red or blue spider web-like lines on your face, arms, or legs.
Although these veins can lead to health issues, such as chronic leg ulcers or blood clots, more often than not, you may want them removed because you don’t like how they look.
Dr. Eden Giammaria uses sclerotherapy, which is a procedure she conducts at the office, to get rid of small varicose and spider veins. The procedure uses a special chemical that causes the vein to collapse and disappear.
Dr. Eden Giammaria can get rid of larger varicose veins using a newer treatment called foam sclerotherapy. It works in much the same way as traditional sclerotherapy but uses a foaming chemical to seal off the vein.
Dr. Eden Giammaria determines which type of sclerotherapy is the better choice for you after an examination and review of your health history.
Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure that usually takes about an hour and doesn’t require anesthesia. During treatment, Dr. Eden Giammaria injects the chemical directly into your vein.
You may feel a sting when the needle is inserted into your vein, but the pain is usually minimal. Depending on the size of the vein, you may need a few injections. Dr. Eden Giammaria will develop a treatment plan before getting started so you know what to expect.
After treatment, you should be able to walk around without any issues. Dr. Eden Giammaria recommends you wear compression stockings for at least two weeks after the procedure to support blood flow. You should also avoid strenuous exercise during the two-week healing period.
The length of time it takes for the vein to disappear depends on the size of vein treated. Spider and small varicose veins take three to six weeks, while larger varicose veins take up to four months. Dr. Eden Giammaria will follow up with you regularly to monitor your progress.
To see if sclerotherapy is right for you, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.