pic

Vein Specialist

Vein Specialist & Cosmetic Specialist in Woodbury, Edina, & Fridley, MN

misc image
Sclerotherapy
If you have varicose or spider veins that are painful or unsightly, you don’t have to live with them. At Afzal Clinics, Kamran Afzal, MD, Kristen Winter PA-C, Margaret Faust PA-C, and their expert team offer highly effective sclerotherapy to get rid of undesirable veins without surgery or downtime. To learn more, schedule an appointment by phone or online today at one of the office locations in Fridley, Edina, or Woodbury, Minnesota.
Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy at Afzal Clinics is an effective treatment for spider and varicose veins, which are diseased veins that are visible and sometimes painful. During the treatment, your provider injects a solution into targeted veins to make them close, scar, and disappear over time.

What are the symptoms of spider and varicose veins?

Spider and varicose veins often appear as purple, blue, or red. They sometimes look bulging, twisted, or cord-like, and varicose veins are larger than spider veins. They can be painful and cause mild aching, burning, throbbing, itching, or even cramping. Sclerotherapy improves the appearance of your skin and reduces ongoing discomfort.

Risk factors for developing troublesome veins include aging, being a woman, pregnancy, and family history of varicose veins, as well as body weight challenges and standing or sitting for long periods.

Is sclerotherapy right for me?

To find out if you’re a candidate for sclerotherapy at Afzal Clinics, your specialist reviews your medical history and symptoms. They examine your skin in areas containing varicose or spider veins and may recommend you undergo a vascular ultrasound before personalizing your treatment plan.

What should I expect during the procedure?

During sclerotherapy at Afzal Clinics, you lie on your back with your legs elevated a little bit. Your provider cleans the treatment area and uses a fine needle to inject a special solution directly into diseased veins. The liquid irritates the vein lining, causing it to close. Blood then reroutes to healthier nearby veins, and the damaged veins fade away over time.

What happens after sclerotherapy?

After the procedure, you can walk around soon afterward and resume normal activities the same day. However, avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks. You often wear compression stockings or bandages for about two weeks to maintain pressure on treated veins. Avoid sun exposure to the treated areas.

The final results of sclerotherapy might take several weeks or months to appear, depending on the size of the treated veins. You may need multiple treatments to achieve the best results. 

To learn more about sclerotherapy and find out if it’s right for you, call one of the Afzal Clinics offices, or use the online scheduler today.