Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

Permanently Remove Your Varicose Veins with Sclerotherapy

Whether your varicose or spider veins are causing you discomfort or are simply an eyesore you wish to treat before spring's skirts and shorts make their annual appearance, sclerotherapy can help.

Here at North Shore Vein Center in Lake Success, New York, Dr. Mark Schwartz and our highly trained staff offer a wide range of minimally-invasive, innovative vein treatments using state-of-the-art equipment. Sclerotherapy is one example. 

Sclerotherapy treatment

Varicose veins with their large, lumpy or twisted appearance look different than the smaller lines of spider veins or hand veins, but they are all caused by venous insufficiency. Veins return blood to the heart after it has delivered oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. In the case of these problem veins, however, the valves do not close properly and the blood can flow in the wrong direction or pool.

Treatment can depend on the size and severity of the veins in question. For smaller varicose veins, spider veins, and hand veins, Dr. Schwartz uses small needles to inject sodium tetradecyl sulfate (Sotradecol), which makes them collapse and fade over time.

For more significant varicose veins, he seals them by injecting a foamed sclerosant, sometimes with the aid of an ultrasound. It works when the foam's chemical solution causes irritation to the blood vessel's lining, making it collapse, stick together, and the blood to clot. Healthier veins take over returning the blood to the heart, and the scar tissue from the collapsed vein eventually fades.

Reasons for sclerotherapy

Many people choose sclerotherapy for cosmetic purposes in order to remove unsightly varicose, spider, or hand veins. Others do it to relieve discomfort, such as aching, swelling, burning, and cramps at night. The procedure is effective, less costly, and less painful than other options to treat the condition. 

Good candidates

With the exception of pregnant women, almost everyone is a good candidate for sclerotherapy, including women taking birth control pills. If you have suffered from a blood clot previously, however, the decision will be made based on individual factors.

Procedure and recovery

Sclerotherapy is done in our office and is minimally invasive, almost painless, and relatively quick to perform. You will be able to drive yourself home following the procedure and continue with your usual daily activities. In order to encourage healing, you will be advised to wear compression hosiery and stay active by walking.

 You should see an improvement in smaller veins in three to six weeks, while larger veins can take three to four months to respond to treatment. Once a vein fades away, it will not come back though given this is a chronic condition, other veins may appear in the future. These new veins tend to be less serious or significant after sclerotherapy, and easier to treat. Many people undergo only one session while others have more, depending on the size, quantity, and depth of the veins. 

Whether you seek relief from discomfort or want clear, smooth legs for the beach this summer, call our office at 516-231-1934 to book an appointment and find out more about sclerotherapy. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

4 Treatment Options for Veins in Your Face

Aging is inevitable; but no one wants to look in the mirror and see spider veins on their face — and now it isn’t necessary. Read on to learn about four treatments that can address this unsightly issue.

Understanding Hand Sclerotherapy

Unsightly bulging veins are enough to make anyone want to hide their hands. Fortunately, hand sclerotherapy is a quick, virtually pain-free way to smooth your skin with almost immediate results. Read on to learn more.

Vein Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know

While many people focus on traditional COVID-19 symptoms like fever and cough, the illness can cause issues in other parts of the body as well. Read on to learn how the virus can affect your veins.

The Many Benefits of Endovenous Laser Ablation

Do you hide your legs under pants all year round because of bulging discolored veins? Endovenous laser ablation can eliminate varicose veins in less than an hour. Read on to learn more and get your shorts ready for summer!

Do I Need Hand Sclerotherapy?

If bulging veins on your hands make you wish you could wear gloves all year round, sclerotherapy can help. Read on to learn about the fast, easy, and virtually painless procedure that can leave your hands looking years younger.