If you’re worried about the cosmetic appearance of spider veins or have bothersome reticular or varicose veins, sclerotherapy is an effective solution. Board-certified nurse practitioner Lindsey Castagna, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, and the team at Venaflux in Granite Falls, North Carolina, use the most advanced sclerotherapy techniques available, including ultrasound guidance. To find out if sclerotherapy is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A sclerotherapy procedure involves injecting a solution directly into a vein. The solution causes the vein to scar, closing it off to blood flow. Your body naturally redirects blood to nearby healthy veins and reabsorbs the tissue from the collapsed vein.
The team offers cosmetic and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. With cosmetic sclerotherapy, your provider injects the solution into spider veins visible on the surface of your skin. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy targets veins located deeper in your legs.
After sclerotherapy, treated veins usually fade away within a few weeks, but they can take a month or longer to disappear. Multiple sclerotherapy treatments are typically needed.
The Venaflux team often performs sclerotherapy for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of spider and varicose veins. Sclerotherapy can also reduce varicose vein symptoms like leg pain, leg swelling, aching, and night cramps.
Sclerotherapy can treat the following types of veins:
Spider veins get their name from their web-like appearance. These tiny clusters of veins are often red or purple and become visible through the skin.
Varicose veins are larger veins that look twisted and can appear to bulge through the skin. Varicose veins can be various colors, including dark purple or blue.
Reticular veins are smaller than varicose veins and larger than spider veins. These enlarged veins can be blue or green in color.
First, the Venaflux team performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure sclerotherapy is right for you. Depending on your needs, they may recommend ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy.
The on-site vascular sonographer performs an ultrasound to map out the veins in your legs. A vascular ultrasound provides detailed information about the veins and arteries in your legs, including the precise location of varicose and reticular veins.
Your Venaflux provider may use ultrasound guidance during sclerotherapy to improve the accuracy of the injections.
Sclerotherapy usually takes 30-60 minutes. After the treatment, your provider fits you with custom compression stockings and asks you to go for a 30- to 40-minute walk daily to promote blood flow.
For more information about sclerotherapy, call Venaflux, or request an appointment online today.