TREATMENT FOR SPIDER & VARICOSE VEINS
Sclerotherapy in NYC is a proven method of treating both spider veins and varicose veins. Both of these vein patterns can be unattractive and can also cause pain and discomfort. In many cases, patients want varicose veins and spider veins removed. The dermatologists at Dermatology, Laser & Surgery of Carnegie Hill can meet with you to see if you are a good candidate for Sclerotherapy in NYC. This medical procedure involves injecting a saline solution directly into the vein, which causes it to disappear.
WHAT ARE VARICOSE VEINS AND SPIDER VEINS?
Varicose veins occur when veins become enlarged, dilated, and overfilled with blood. Varicose veins typically appear swollen and raised, and have a bluish-purple or red color. These vein patterns most often appear around the legs and may be painful.
Spider veins appear as thin, red lines or as web-like networks of blood vessels. Spider veins are a milder version of varicose veins, but they’re smaller and closer to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are most often found around the legs, but can also appear on the face.
WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical vein treatment that uses a needle to inject a specialized solution into varicose veins or spider veins. This injection causes the blood to change its flow into healthier veins instead. The old vein, which has now collapsed, is reabsorbed into surrounding tissue over time.
IS SCLEROTHERAPY FOR EVERYONE?
Not everyone is a candidate for Sclerotherapy. Our dermatologist can determine if Sclerotherapy is the ideal spider or varicose vein treatment for you. You are not eligible for Sclerotherapy if you are pregnant. If you’ve had a blood clot in the past, you may not be eligible. Additionally, if you’ve had heart bypass surgery in the past, your eligibility will be decided on an individual basis.
HOW IS SCLEROTHERAPY IN NYC PERFORMED?
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins and spider veins is performed as an in-office procedure by one of our dermatology providers. A solution (typically a salt solution) is injected through a fine needle directly into the vein. The patient may experience mild discomfort for a moment. The procedure takes about fifteen to thirty minutes to complete. You may require several treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to completely close off a vein. The number of veins that can be injected during one session depends upon the size and location of the veins, as well as the medical condition of the patient.*
HOW DO I PREP FOR SCLEROTHERAPY IN NYC?
Our dermatologist will speak to you about which medications, supplements, vitamins, herbs, and over-the-counter drugs to avoid. Our dermatologist will also advise you regarding any anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, and ibuprofen prior to your varicose vein treatment.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS TO SCLEROTHERAPY?
The treatment area(s) for spider and varicose veins may have slight itchiness that could last for a day or two. Other side effects may include slight redness or bruising; these effects should disappear within a few days to a few weeks. Larger veins may have lumps, brown lines, or tiny new vessels. These should all fade in a few months’ time.*
WHAT IS THE POST-SCLEROTHERAPY CARE?
Following your Sclerotherapy treatment in NYC, you should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory drugs for forty-eight hours. For the first two days, avoid hot baths, hot compresses, whirlpools, saunas, and direct exposure to sunlight. You will be instructed to wear supportive, compression hosiery / stockings over the treated areas.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY SCLEROTHERAPY TREATMENT?
Most patients respond very well to Sclerotherapy injections. In general, spider veins may diminish in approximately three to six weeks and varicose veins may diminish in three to four months. Veins that respond well will not reappear. However, it is always possible that new veins may form over time; patients may need additional Sclerotherapy sessions to treat these new veins.*
WILL INSURANCE COVER SCLEROTHERAPY?
Insurance coverage varies from one carrier to the next. Sclerotherapy is a choice procedure for treating spider and varicose veins for cosmetic purposes and for medical reasons. If you’re seeking to remove veins solely for cosmetic reasons, it’s unlikely that your insurance provider will cover these costs. If your veins are causing pain and chronic swelling, then your insurance carrier may cover this procedure. Please contact our office with any questions you might have. We are happy to check your benefits for your Sclerotherapy coverage.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT SCLEROTHERAPY IN NYC?
Talk to one of our dermatology providers about all of your concerns. If you think that you may benefit from Sclerotherapy, contact us. Our dermatologists can examine you and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.