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What to Expect with Sclerotherapy for Varicose Vein Removal


If you have varicose veins, then you may feel self-conscious about their appearance on your body. You may also find that your varicose veins cause a throbbing pain or discomfort, and should be aware that if left untreated, varicose veins can pose some serious health risks. As a result, many doctors recommend a sclerotherapy procedure for those with varicose veins.

Varicose Vein Removal

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that is done to treat varicose veins. Specifically, the procedure involves injecting a chemical called sclerosant into the vein, which damages the inside lining and ultimately leads to the closure of the vein itself. In most cases, the procedure takes no more than 30 minutes (sometimes significantly less), though repeat sessions are sometimes required to completely close off the vein.

Immediately following the procedure, bandages will be wrapped around the area to prevent blood from returning to the veins. Furthermore, you may be instructed to wear compression stockings for up to a few weeks.

For those who are viable candidates, sclerotherapy is a great way to get rid of varicose veins and the potential health risks that come along with having them. This procedure also has an 80% success rate and is much less expensive than surgery.

When to Have It Done

You’ll want to begin by meeting with a doctor to determine whether you are a viable candidate for this varicose vein treatment. For example, women who are pregnant should wait until after giving birth to have this done. Furthermore, many patients choose to have the procedure done during the winter months so their compression stockings and bandages aren’t as visible as they would be during the summer.

Recovery Expectations

One of the benefits of having sclerotherapy done is that the recovery time is very short. In fact, you will be able to walk right out of the office after the procedure is done, and you won’t need to take any time off work to recover. It is worth noting, however, that while bed rest isn’t necessary, you may want to avoid heavy physical activity for the first few days after treatment.

Overall, sclerotherapy is a viable option for those who are suffering from varicose veins. To find out more about this procedure or to determine whether you’re a candidate for this treatment, contact the professionals at Metropolitan Vein and Aesthetic Center today. You can reach their office at 914-295-2202 to set up a consultation for varicose vein treatment.

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