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Sclerotherapy in Sarasota, Florida

Millions of people are bothered by spider veins – those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center has two trained and skilled physician assistants who treat spider veins with Sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view. The introduction of sclerosing agents that are mild enough to be used in small veins has made sclerotherapy predictable and relatively painless. People of any age can be good candidates for sclerotherapy vein treatment.

Sclerotherapy in Sarasota, Fl

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How is sclerotherapy Performed?

During a sclerotherapy treatment session, a sclerosing chemical solution is injected carefully into the affected vein using a fine needle. Depending on the severity of the condition, the treatment varies with the quantity of doses needed per vein. The practitioner will apply pressure on the injection site, which helps to spread the medication and stop any minor bleeding. There may be cramping sensations during the treatment, which is normal.

What can I expect during and after sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic treatment that is performed in the office. After treatment, the veins swell, shut down, and ultimately die. The gradual fading of size and color will begin to take notice around 2-3 weeks. Optimal results are evident after 6 weeks.

FAQs About Sarasota, FL, Sclerotherapy

It is difficult to target 100% of the vein as some can be a challenge to inject. On average, 70% improvement is seen in the majority of treated patients. For severe cases, several treatments are necessary to see any significant improvement in appearance. Patients report satisfying results, especially those who are bothered with the pain and cramps of severe varicose veins. 

Sclerotherapy is a popular method in removing cases of spider and varicose veins, but there are other alternatives that today’s technology offers. Laser treatment, surgical stripping and radiofrequency treatment are a few other options for someone seeking the removal of problematic veins. Our practitioner will evaluate the condition and recommend the best approach for the patient’s circumstance.

Common side effects are only temporary such as skin irritation, itching, and bruising right after treatment. This is only evident around the injection sites and fades after a few days. The treatment is noninvasive. There are rare complications, such as blood clots or allergic reactions, which must be reported immediately for possible treatment.

For cases needing several treatments, it is a must to give several weeks in between sessions to allow the treated veins time to fade. This allows the treated veins to break down and completely be absorbed by the body so that the injector can then focus on the live veins that remain.