In addition, Dr. Omidi’s patients have the option of electing sclerotherapy. While laser therapy is typically used to close off spider veins and superficial small varicose veins, sclerotherapy is effective in treating medium to large-sized veins with an injectable sclerosing solution that causes the vein to shrink. Following the procedure, the blood is naturally rerouted to flow through healthy veins, while treated veins gradually fade and disappear from view.
Sclerotherapy vein treatment is lauded for being minimally invasive. Because it utilizes the thinnest possible needles, it is a generally painless procedure. Typically this treatment requires 2-3 sessions to achieve fading of the undesirable veins. Most sclerotherapy patients are able to resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Although strenuous exercise is discouraged for one week following sclerotherapy, patients are encouraged to walk every day for at least 10 minutes after the procedure.
Sclerotherapy may produce such temporary side effects as bruising, redness, minor skin sores, darkened skin, or multiple tiny red blood vessels. These side effects are typically expected to disappear within several days or weeks. In rare cases, this treatment may yield more serious complications such as inflammation, allergic reaction, blood clots or air bubbles in bloodstream. These complications may require treatment.