Many patients of leading vein doctor Dr. John Chuback at the Chuback Medical Group in Paramus, New Jersey, have heard of a vein disease treatment called sclerotherapy, but few really know how the technique works and what conditions it is best for.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a time-tested treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins (less than 5 mm in diameter). Like most vein treatments, sclerotherapy is designed to close the problem vein(s) permanently and allow the body to reroute the blood through healthier veins in the body.
Injection sclerotherapy involves using a very fine needle to inject a chemical solution or foam into the diseased vein. The solution causes the vein to collapse and blood flow to cease. Laser sclerotherapy is an effective therapy performed by a laser expert on superficial, fine spider veins that are visible on the skin. Instead of a solution, heat from a precise laser beam is used to close the diseased veins. In both cases the visible vein gradually disappears over time and your legs begin to look and feel better.
Both techniques are less effective for bulging vein problems and sclerotherapy in general has a higher recurrence rate than other minimally invasive vein treatments. Several sessions may be required for complete resolution of your vein problems.
What you can expect at your appointment
Dr. Chuback and his team of spider vein specialists offer both types of sclerotherapy at their Paramus, NJ spider vein center. The procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and you will be able to return to your usual activities right after treatment. Your spider vein doctor will ask you to wear compression stockings until your follow up appointment a couple of weeks later, in order to ensure the treated veins stay closed and to encourage blood flow through healthier veins. You may experience a few side effects such as redness, bruising, or hyperpigmentation (when the skin becomes darker in color). Some veins will show an immediate improvement while other veins may take up to a year to resolve. It is important to know that some veins may require more than one treatment for optimal results.
Are the results of sclerotherapy permanent?
The closure of the veins during both sclerotherapy procedures is generally permanent. However, patients can develop new spider veins and varicose veins in the future, especially if their genetics or lifestyle predisposes them to vein disease. For example, people who have a family history of vein disease, who are obese or inactive, and those who must spend long periods of time on their feet are more likely to develop vein problems than people without those risk factors. However, the good news is that new spider veins can be treated as quickly and easily as the first ones.
If you have any questions about the costs of spider vein treatment or any of the available therapies for vein disease, or if you would simply like a venous health screening to determine your risk of vein disease, feel free to give Dr. Chuback a call at 201.430.2737 for a consultation.