spider vein removal - sclerotherapy

What Is Foam Sclerotherapy?

There are different varicose vein or spider vein removal methods, each of them suited to a particular level of severity. Foam sclerotherapy is one of the options available if you want to eliminate varicose veins for cosmetic or medical reasons. What exactly is it and how does it differ from other procedures?




What does Foam Sclerotherapy Entail?


You may have heard or read about sclerotherapy as a varicose vein removal treatment. It is a procedure that involves injecting a solution directly into a problematic vein. The purpose of the solution is to irritate the vein’s lining, causing it to collapse. Eventually, the closed down vein transforms into scar tissue, leaving skin looking better than before.



Foam sclerotherapy is a variation of that method. Although it’s much newer, the process followed remains more or less the same. One difference lies in the solution being injected.



Conventional sclerotherapy involves the direct injection of a solution into an offending vein. Foam sclerotherapy, on the other hand, involves turning that solution into a foam before injecting it into a vein. An advantage it has over the conventional method is that less solution may be needed to achieve results.



Just like conventional sclerotherapy, the severity of the varicose vein problem determines the number of sessions needed for treatment. It usually takes more than one session for spider vein removal.



Recovery time after undergoing foam sclerotherapy also takes weeks. In some cases, a month may be needed before skin is rid of unsightly veins.




During the Procedure


You need to be evaluated by your doctor before the procedure is carried out. While foam sclerotherapy is generally a safe procedure, it’s always better to be sure there are no complications. You will be asked about your medical history and a physical exam will be conducted.



Specifically, your legs will be examined to determine the severity of your varicose vein problem. An ultrasound of the leg will be performed – this process usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes – followed by a discussion on treatment recommendations.



On the day of your procedure, you will be asked to bring a pair of shorts and compression stockings. You can expect a bit of pain since the process involves inserting a needle into a vein. However, the pain will be minimal.



The feeling can be likened to a burning sensation followed by an itchy feeling. This usually subsides in a few minutes.




After the Procedure


Although foam sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure, it doesn’t mean you’re free to get back to doing regular tasks straightaway. There are some things you have to do post-procedure, and these will be detailed to you by your doctor.



You will have to wear compression stockings during the day and night immediately following your procedure. After that, you can wear the stockings during the day.



Rigorous exercise is strictly prohibited during the first week. However, you will be advised to take daily walks.




Foam sclerotherapy is an effective spider vein removal method that is non-invasive and results in better looking skin in a few weeks. San Diego Vascular Center has board-certified vascular and general surgeons who use advanced, cutting-edge treatments to ease any suffering from varicose veins. Get in touch today to learn more.




We specialize in diagnosis and treatment for any and all vascular health issues for patients in San Diego County, Orange County and Riverside County. For more information or to set an appointment, please contact us.