Sclerotherapy has been successfully used since the 1930s and continues to be held as the gold standard in spider vein treatment. The procedure involves injections of an FDA approved sclerosing agent (Sotradecol) directly into affected veins, which causes the vessels to seal shut and fade from view. We use the same technique to treat larger underlying veins that cause the spider veins, using ultrasound to find and inject them in deeper tissues that you cannot see with your eyes. This is more effective, as it treats the underlying cause of spider veins. The body then eliminates the treated veins through natural processes, while blood is rerouted to healthy veins nearby. Our staff is highly skilled at this procedure, serving communities including Portland, Gorham, and Westbrook ME. Visit our office to learn the difference between spider veins vs varicose veins.
INNOVATIONS IN SCLEROTHERAPY
Innovations have allowed sclerotherapy to become an effective treatment for some types of varicose veins. Some of those innovations available at Advanced Vein Center include:
- Light-Assisted Foam Sclerotherapy – This procedure uses a special magnifying lens and light that illuminates veins just under the skin’s surface for more effective treatment. Foam solutions allow for better disbursement of chemicals inside the vessel, which means more effective treatment. The thicker texture of Tessari technique also allows us to treat larger veins with simple injection therapies.
- Ultrasound-Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS)– Ultrasound technology allows us to locate veins deeper beneath the skin’s surface without invasive surgery. Ultrasound sound waves create images of the vessels to guide our medical staff to the precise location of problem veins.
Sclerotherapy treatments typically take less than 30 minutes to complete and do not require any type of anesthesia. Patients are usually back to regular activities as soon as the procedure is over. Compression stockings are recommended for a few days to encourage healthy blood flow and improve results. To learn more about your options in sclerotherapy, contact Advanced Vein Center at 207-772-1820 today!