Sclerotherapy Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive solution for varicose veins. Traditional sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid solution into diseased veins, but Vascular Associates of San Diego, serving all of San Diego County, offers a newer and more advanced option: Varithena™ foam sclerotherapy. It works effectively to seal off veins and restore your leg health. Schedule your appointment by calling the La Mesa, California, office, or use online booking now.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure to treat varicose veins, and sometimes spider veins as well. In this procedure, your Vascular Associates of San Diego doctor uses an ultrafine needle to inject a specialized foam into your vein. 

The foam attaches to the walls of your veins, causing irritation that makes the vein wither over time. The foam also pushes blood out of your vein, sending it into other healthy veins in the same area. After the vein collapses, the Varithena foam deactivates harmlessly.

Your doctor applies pressure to help the foam go to work. Because there are no incisions, you don’t need stitches. The whole process takes only around 30 minutes.

What are the benefits of foam sclerotherapy?

Varithena foam sclerotherapy offers a number of benefits for anyone suffering from varicose or spider veins. These include:

  • Outpatient procedure
  • No downtime
  • Virtually painless
  • No anesthesia required
  • Improves vein appearance
  • Eases leg heaviness, itching, aching, swelling, and throbbing 

Varithena has a superior satisfaction rating among patients, and it’s one of the easiest ways to deal with varicose and spider veins today.

What should I do after sclerotherapy?

After your sclerotherapy treatment, your doctor applies a compression dressing to keep pressure on the treated vein. You wear the compression bandage for a week (for varicose veins) or until the following day (for spider veins). 

Walk for at least 15 minutes directly after your sclerotherapy procedure, and keep up a daily 15-minute walking routine for as long as you wear your compression dressings. 

How long does it take for sclerotherapy to work?

Sclerotherapy foam causes the affected vein to recede gradually. Usually, it takes 3-6 weeks to see the full results of sclerotherapy, but if you have very large and prominent varicose veins, it can take several months. 

How many sclerotherapy sessions will I need?

It depends on how many veins require treatment, and the severity of the vein plays a role as well. In general, most men and women need 1-3 sessions to address all of their problem veins. 

Do you have varicose or spider veins that you hate? Vascular Associates of San Diego can help with in-office sclerotherapy. Call the office or book your consultation using the online scheduler now.