This procedure is strictly reserved for spider veins, which are smaller than varicose veins and generally located closer to the skin’s surface. Similar to ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, a medicine called a sclerosant is injected into the veins, initiating a reaction that causes them to close and be reabsorbed into the body. Unlike ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, however, visual sclerotherapy is done without the need of imaging equipment. Instead, it's performed “visually” by a health professional.
When is this method used?
Fast, minimally-invasive, and effective, visual sclerotherapy is often the preferred treatment method for spider veins and other minor, more cosmetic vein conditions. And, because it's considered cosmetic, visual sclerotherapy is usually not covered by insurance.
What should I expect from visual sclerotherapy?
This treatment therapy is effective in smaller diameter veins and the results are long lasting. It's an incredibly minimally-invasive procedure requires no anesthesia, no incisions, and no down time, allowing patients to return to full activity right after its performed.
What kind of results are achieved?
Veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although it may take up to a couple months to see complete results. Visual sclerotherapy can also improve related symptoms like burning, aching, night cramps, swelling, and more.
What should I do after my visual sclerotherapy treatment 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 visual sclerotherapy.