In visual foam sclerotherapy, the physician administering this treatment uses ultrasonongraphy to guide the placement of a needle into the vein that's being treated. A type of medicine called sclerosant is made into a foam and then injected into the problem vein, initiating a reaction that results in vein closure. Blood is then naturally rerouted through healthier veins while the body reabsorbs the closed vein.
When is this procedure used?
Non-surgical, minimally-invasive, and fast, ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy is used to remove spider veins further from the skin's surface. In addition to being a wonderful cosmetic option for spider veins, this procedure is also effective in eliminating the physical symptoms of vein disease, such as aches, pains, and fatigue.
What should I expect from ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy?
This method of sclerotherapy costs less than surgery, requires no hospital stay, and allows you to return to work and normal activities quicker than most treatments. Sclerotherapy generally doesn't require any recovery period, and you'll be able to walk immediately after the treatment. However, we advise you to take it easy for at least a day or two. Bed rest isn't recommended, but you may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a few days after sclerotherapy. Avoid exposing your legs to the sun for the first two weeks after the procedure. Finally, you'll probably have to wear compression stockings for a short time after your treatment.
What kind of results are achieved?
Foam sclerotherapy can quickly and effectively reduce symptoms and improve the look of the skin. It works in about 80 out of 100 people who have the procedure.
What should I do after my ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy to ensure vein health?
Exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing will help ensure your vein health following ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.