La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center
Cardiovascular Surgeons & Phlebologists located in New Orleans, Covington, LA & Metairie, LA
Sclerotherapy uses a chemical solution to close and seal your spider or varicose veins, leaving you with smooth, clear skin. It also helps to alleviate other symptoms of varicose veins like leg cramps and aches. Dr. Randall Juleff offers these treatments to reduce the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins at La Bella Vita Laser and Vein Center in Covington and Metairie, Louisiana. Call or schedule a consultation online to learn more about sclerotherapy and find out if it’s the right treatment for you.
Sclerotherapy Q & A
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a quick and virtually pain-free treatment for varicose and spider veins. Dr. Juleff injects a chemical solution, called a sclerosant, into your vein. The sclerosant causes your vein to close, preventing future abnormal blood flow through that particular vein. The closed vein is eventually absorbed by your body. When the vein is closed, your blood reroutes through healthy veins.
Sclerotherapy reduces the appearance of unwanted spider veins and varicose veins. It also reduces any associated symptoms, such as aches, swelling, and burning sensations in your legs.
What happens during sclerotherapy?
Dr. Juleff numbs your leg with a local anesthetic, then he uses a needle to inject the sclerosant into your varicose veins. Dr. Juleff typically uses Sotradecol® or Polidocanol®.
The sclerosant irritates your vein and causes swelling, which closes the vein and prevents any more blood from moving through it. The chemical also causes scar tissue to form, which permanently closes the vein. Over time, your body absorbs the closed vein.
If your varicose veins are located deeper in your skin and are difficult to see on the surface, Dr. Juleff uses ultrasound imaging to select the best injection site for your sclerotherapy.
After your sclerotherapy treatment is complete, Dr. Juleff covers the injection site and puts a compression stocking on your treated leg.
How should I take care of my legs after sclerotherapy treatment?
Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure and you can go home and rest after treatment. Because a local anesthetic is applied to your leg, you may want to have someone else drive you home. Dr. Juleff provides personalized aftercare instructions to support the healing and successful closure of your varicose veins.
After sclerotherapy, you can get right back to your normal activities. In fact, you’ll need to walk around regularly to prevent blood clots from forming. However, you may want to avoid strenuous exercise and sun exposure for about two weeks following treatment. You will also wear compression stockings for about two weeks to promote healthy circulation and healing.
If you want to get rid of your varicose veins or spider veins, call or make an appointment online today to learn more about sclerotherapy.
*Individual results may vary.