What Size Varicose Veins Can be Treated?
Vessels from less than 1/2mm to as large as 10mm can be treated. Pressure over the larger vessels after sclerotherapy causes them to respond better to treatment. Larger vessels can also be treated, but may need surgery, and vascular studies prior to treatment.
What Are the Side Effects?
Side effects are uncommon. They include brown spots or small crusts or ulcerations at the injection sights. If a brown streak occurs along the course of the treated vessel, it will fade without treatment. Some vessels may require three to six treatments before responding completely. Ankles frequently swell for a few days after they are treated. Thrombophlebitis of the treated vessel occasionally occurs. It s always superficial and responds well to aspirin (or other similar anti-inflammatory drugs), heat and antibiotics (infrequently needed). Infrequently tiny new vessels develop at treatment sights. They are treated the same way the original vessels were. Rarely, an ulcer may need to be excised in order to speed-up healing.
How Many Treatments Will Be Needed?
The frequency of treatments is determined by the severity of the problem. Treatments are usually done at two to four week intervals. Most patients achieve about a 50% clearing with each treatment.
How Much Improvement Can I Expect?
We expect our patients to get a 75-80% improvement with two treatments. Most do better than that. Sclerotherapy is a very pleasing answer to a nuisance type problem that will not go away by itself.
Can Both Men And Women Be Treated?
How Long Must I Be Out Of Work?
Generally patients go directly back to work following the treatment. No work should be missed.
What About Spider Veins On The Face?
Facial spider veins can also be treated with very good results. If you would like more information, about facial spider veins, also called angiomas, please ask Dr. Cohn at your next visit.