A Closer Look at Sclerotherapy

A Closer Look at Sclerotherapy

Board-certified surgeon and leading vein specialist Dr. Michael Gioscia of the Vein Institute of Westchester offers cutting-edge therapy to successfully eliminate varicose veins and spider veins.

Dr. Gioscia notes that he is not a one-fix-for-all practice. During your initial evaluation, he carefully evaluates your leg veins before designing a customized treatment strategy that offers the most effective solution for problematic veins.

Read about the differences between modern forms of sclerotherapy and those used in the past, and why today’s advanced methods meet Dr. Gioscia’s high standards for successful vein therapy.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment, available in the United States since the early 1900s, that qualified specialists use to effectively eliminate the physical symptoms and cosmetic effects of varicose veins and spider veins.

During the treatments, a chemical (sclerosing agent) injected into the targeted vein causes the vein walls to collapse and essentially stick together. This seals the vein and triggers your body to reroute blood flow to a nearby healthy vein.

Without an adequate blood supply, tissue structures within the treated vein break down and die over several days to weeks. The cosmetic changes associated with these problematic veins fade as the resulting tissue debris is reabsorbed by your body.

How has sclerotherapy changed?

A significant change in sclerotherapy over the years relates to the type of sclerosing agents available to destroy the targeted vein. While still effective, modern agents are less caustic and thus typically much less painful than the original formulas.

Improvements in technology also offer superior results compared to previous treatments. The advent of microfine needles, for instance, makes it possible to successfully treat even the smallest spider veins — provided, of course, your specialist has the necessary training and expertise.

Ultrasound guidance is also a relatively modern invention that significantly improves accuracy and makes it possible to target even deeper veins via a needle puncture rather than a surgical incision.

One of the newest vein treatments,Varithena, combines ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, and mechanical destruction of the inner vein wall to seal the vein. 

This painless procedure is highly effective for most varicose veins and requires just one needle puncture. Other treatments require multiple punctures along the targeted vein.  

What can I expect during and after sclerotherapy?

Dr. Gioscia explains sclerotherapy in detail before scheduling your procedure and always takes time to answer your questions or address any concerns you might have. 

The procedures he offers, performed in-office, generally take less than an hour from start to finish. To achieve the best cosmetic results, depending on the number of veins undergoing therapy, you may need several sclerotherapy treatments.

Thanks to advanced technology and Dr. Gioscia’s considerable skill and experience, vein treatments at Vein Institute of Westchester are typically painless, and the risk of bruising, swelling, or other discomfort after sclerotherapy is minimal.

You may need to wear support stockings briefly following sclerotherapy to help speed healing but can expect to resume normal activities shortly after the procedure.

For outstanding varicose vein and spider vein treatments that offer superior results, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Gioscia today at our White Plains, New York, location.

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