Sclerotherapy in Traverse City & Cadillac MI
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment primarily used to treat Spider Veins and Varicose Veins. Sclerotherapy involves the use of a very small needle to inject a solution into the diseased veins. The solutions work by causing the veins to shrink, close off, and gradually disappear. At Northern Michigan Vein Specialists in Cadillac and Traverse City, MI we specialize in treating vein conditions with Sclerotherapy.
Is Sclerotherapy Painful?
The needles used at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists are very small and tend to feel like a mosquito bite. Most people find this relatively painless.
How is a Sclerotherapy Session Done?
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Dr. Heeringa uses a very tiny needle for sclerotherapy, as the injections do not need to be overly deep. Because of this, patients usually say the feeling of the procedure is akin to that of a pinprick or a mosquito bite. Dr. Heeringa and you will first discuss which veins you want to treat. He then injects the sclerosant solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the walls of vein, causing them to collapse. This closes off the vein and any minor amount of blood running through it is instantly redirected to a healthier nearby veins.
The vein will instantly diminish in appearance but may look inflamed or irritated soon after the procedure. Over the next few weeks, the body scavenges and removes the unused vein. It typically takes 4-6 weeks to see maximum benefit. While you should notice significant improvement after your first session, most people require more than one session to completely eradicated spider veins.
Types of Schlerotherapy
This is used to treat small surface veins such as spider veins but can also be used for some larger varicosities and for bleeding varicosities. It involves using tiny needles to directly inject medicine into the target veins. That medicine (a sclerosant) then causes an inflammatory reaction which in turn seals the vein shut. This is non-painful as the needles are extremely small and we do not use hypertonic saline for sclerotherapy as that agent can be painful when injected.
Ultrasound Guided Foam Or Liquid Sclerotherapy Treatment
This can be used to treat incompetent perforators, varicose veins, and reticular veins. The diseased veins are cannulated under ultrasound guidance and a liquid or foam sclerosant is injected into the vein. This then causes an inflammatory reaction which in turn closes off the veins.
Who is a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Typical liquid sclerotherapy doesn’t work well on varicose veins that push the skin upward. However, foam sclerotherapy, such as we use at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, is a great option for varicose veins.
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What are the Potential Side Effects After Sclerotherapy?
Minor issues may be some redness at the injection sites and slight irritation, but that’s about it.
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We proudly serve patients from Traverse City, Cadillac, Manistee, Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Sault Ste. Marie MI and surrounding areas with advanced Sclerotherapy treatments. Call today for your consultation at (231) 946-1488 or complete a Contact Form here!