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Many individuals struggle with unsightly varicose veins on their legs and feet. For most, varicose veins are simply a cosmetic annoyance, however, if left untreated, these deformed veins can cause significant discomfort. Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Garrett A. Wirth specializes in Newport Beach spider vein treatment. We routinely perform sclerotherapy, a highly effective, minimally invasive procedure on patients who wish to reduce varicose veins.
What can sclerotherapy do for you?
Sclerotherapy can help you regain the self-confidence to go outdoors without hiding your body. The procedure is short – the average treatment takes only 20 to 60 minutes with no downtime. You can expect to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment. Some of the main benefits of undergoing sclerotherapy are:
- Treating aches and pains in the affected limb
- Effectively treating and removing varicose veins
- Effectively treating and removing spider veins or thread veins
- Improved self-confidence
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is a technique that can significantly improve the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins. The procedure works by injecting a solution into your varicose or spider veins with a small needle. The solution then causes significant irritation to the treated vein, resulting in the destruction of the inner lining. The vein is then no longer able to carry blood and is replaced with scar tissue, which reduces both vein discoloration and bulging.
Sclerotherapy is a quick outpatient procedure, often completed in less than one hour. Local or general anesthesia is not necessary for treatment because there is not a significant amount of discomfort. The number of veins treated during your session will depend on the size and location of your veins, as well as your overall health. You may experience mild pain or cramping after Dr. Wirth has begun administering injections, especially when larger veins are treated.
Who is a Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
You may be a potential candidate if you meet some of the following criteria:
- You have spider veins that are small and irregular
- You have varicose or spider veins that bulge or cause you discomfort
- You do not have a history of thrombophlebitis (blood clots)
- You are in good overall physical and emotional health
Sclerotherapy can be safely performed on all skin types. During your consultation with Dr. Wirth, he will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Be prepared to discuss your medical history and cosmetic goals in depth during your appointment.
What Happens After Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Dr. Wirth will provide you with personalized aftercare instructions following your Newport Beach spider vein treatment. You may be required to wear compression bandages for up to 14 days to help reduce swelling. It is likely that swelling and bruising will be visible for several days. Very mild exercise is recommended for most patients in order to increase blood circulation following sclerotherapy but exercise at a moderate or higher level is discouraged. The final results of your treatment should be visible within 2-4 weeks once scar tissue has begun to fade.
More than one session of sclerotherapy is typically needed to achieve optimal results. The number of treatments required varies greatly among patients. In most cases you should anticipate an average of 3-4 treatments. Back to back treatments can be performed in 4-6 week intervals. After you have completed the initial series of recommended treatments, there is the chance that you will develop new varicose veins. Dr. Wirth may recommend yearly touch-ups to maintain results.
Here are a few tips to help you after your treatment:
- Walk for 20 to 30 minutes after your session, and at least once per day over the two or three weeks following treatment. This helps improve blood flow and will enhance the results of your sclerotherapy treatment.
- Avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after your treatment.
- Some ice packs may assist with any discomfort or bruising you may experience.
- Wearing compression socks for 3 to 7 days after your treatment will assist in getting the best results.
Depending on the state of your veins, it may take three to six weeks before you see the full results of sclerotherapy. In most cases, several treatments are required to fully remove severe varicose veins, while a single treatment can often handle minor spider veins. Once fully healed, the treated veins should not return, though further spider veins or varicose veins may develop over time.
Sclerotherapy Newport Beach FAQs
How much does sclerotherapy treatment cost?
The cost of your treatment will likely range between $200 to $500 per treatment, depending on the size and number of veins we need to address. Some may require more treatments than others, and we will provide an accurate cost for your treatment will be entirely determined during your professional examination at Wirth Plastic Surgery.
I am pregnant, can I still get sclerotherapy?
If you are pregnant, we recommend waiting until the baby comes and you’ve finished breastfeeding before undergoing sclerotherapy. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your future plans, we are happy to offer an in-person consultation.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are veins that have become enlarged, twisted and often bulge. They tend to be superficial veins and most often appear just under the skin in your legs. While they aren’t a medical emergency, varicose veins can cause discomfort, pain, and develop into a more serious condition.
What are spider veins or thread veins?
Spider veins (also called thread veins) are small pink and purple veins that appear due to hormone changes, obesity, trauma, and fluctuations in hormone levels. Spider veins are most common in men and women between the ages of 30-50 and are harmless but unsightly.
Is Sclerotherapy painful?
You may feel a little sting after the injection for a few minutes, but most patients do not require any anesthesia and report the procedure to be virtually painless.
What to do to prepare for sclerotherapy?
There is no preparatory work to be done to receive sclerotherapy treatment. Once you have met with Dr. Wirth and have undergone an examination, all you need to do is show up for your appointment.
If you have varicose veins and you’re interested in sclerotherapy, consider contacting the office of Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Garrett A. Wirth. Set up a consultation today by calling our staff at (949) 558-2133.
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