Sclerotherapy | Traverse City, MI & Cadillac, MI
Vein Treatment for Spider & Varicose Veins
What is sclerotherapy and does it hurt?
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. The needles used at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists in Cadillac and Traverse City, MI are very small and feel like a mosquito bite. Most people find this relatively painless.
Will these spider veins come back?
The veins treated with sclerotherapy are destroyed and will be reabsorbed by the body so they can’t come back. However, nothing can be done to prevent your body from forming new spider veins. But new spider veins can be treated just as effectively as the previous ones with sclerotherapy. We cannot cure venous disease – but we can control and maintain.
How do I begin treatment?
During the initial consultation, your legs will be examined, and any questions you may have will be answered. You may also discuss your expectations and anticipated results. At this point, an estimate of the number of treatments, affiliated costs, and payment will be covered which will vary depending on the size and extent of your problem. You should then be able to schedule an appointment for treatment.
How long will my treatment take?
Sclerotherapy treatment sessions usually last 25-30 minutes. Every patient is different, and the number of sessions needed varies depending on the severity of your condition. Most cases require three to six treatments, however, this is only a guideline and your individual case may be different. Your legs may begin to show improvement in as little as a few weeks, but the best results are usually seen after several treatment sessions. After healing has occurred, spider vein “roadmaps” and bulging varicose veins will be gone, leaving you with healthy, great-looking legs.
Are there any restrictions On my activity?
There are usually no restrictions on physical activity after sclerotherapy and in fact, exercise is encouraged, although high impact aerobics should be eliminated for 1 week. We do discourage direct sun exposure to treated areas for a couple weeks after each treatment (sunscreens are adequate protection during this time).
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.
We proudly serve patients from Traverse City, Cadillac, Manistee, Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Grayling and surrounding areas with advanced Sclerotherapy treatments. Call today for your consultation at 231-946-1488 or complete a Contact Form here!