Sclerotherapy Specialist

Polaris Vein Center

Amanda S. Cooper, MD

Vascular & Interventional Radiology & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Columbus, OH

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive and virtually painless treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. At Polaris Vein Center, vascular and interventional radiology physician Amanda Cooper, MD, and her experienced team offer sclerotherapy as a convenient outpatient procedure. You can vanquish your troubled veins in as little as a few weeks through sclerotherapy, so call the Columbus, Ohio, office or book a consultation online to get started now.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an outpatient treatment to resolve spider veins and varicose veins. This procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant solution, which can be either liquid or foam. 

The sclerosant damages the inner vein, causing scarring and eventual withering. The blood inside the vein redirects to healthy veins. The vein tissue gradually dissipates and vanishes through normal elimination processes. 

For veins close to the skin surface, you may receive liquid sclerotherapy. The standard approach for deep veins is ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy. Foam is thick enough to produce an echo signal that’s visible on ultrasound, so it offers superior precision for these deeper veins. 

What is sclerotherapy recovery like?

After sclerotherapy, you can get back on your feet and even drive yourself home since you don’t need anesthesia for the procedure. It’s fine to go back to your regular activities right away, but be sure to wear your compression stockings as you do so. This pressures the treated veins to help them wither.

For the first 48 hours after sclerotherapy, follow the instructions from the Polaris Vein Center team. This generally includes:

  • Not taking anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Avoiding hot baths, saunas, and whirlpools (lukewarm or cool water is fine)
  • Not using heating pads or hot compresses
  • Avoiding direct sunlight
  • Avoiding heavy exercise

By following these simple guidelines, you can get the fastest and best sclerotherapy results. 

When will I see results after sclerotherapy?

After sclerotherapy, most patients see results in only a few weeks. Bigger veins can take a little longer, possibly up to a few months, to recede. 

Am I a good sclerotherapy candidate?

Sclerotherapy is often an excellent choice for spider veins and varicose veins, but it might not be right for everyone. If you’re breastfeeding or are currently pregnant, you can’t have sclerotherapy. 

If you’ve ever had a blood clot, it might exclude you from eligibility. The Polaris Vein Center team discusses your medical needs and current situation with you in detail to make sure your chosen treatment is safe and effective. 

What are the alternatives to sclerotherapy?

Several other minimally invasive vein treatments are available at Polaris Vein Center. Options include:

  • Ambulatory phlebectomy: Vein removal through small incisions
  • Venclose™: Radiofrequency treatment 
  • ClariVein™: Combination of liquid sclerotherapy and mechanical ablation
  • VenaSeal™: Medical sealant

The Polaris Vein Center team is glad to help you find the ideal vein treatment. Book your appointment by calling the office or clicking on the online appointment scheduler now.