Sclerotherapy Vein Therapy

Conspicuous and unsightly veins can be a source of embarrassment for some. Many people are hesitant or ashamed to wear skirts or shorts due to bulging varicose veins in the legs. Thankfully, there is a solution: sclerotherapy vein treatment is available to help reduce unsightly varicose veins. At Moradi MD in San Diego, Dr. Amir Moradi offers this safe and effective vein therapy to treat varicose veins. Interested patients are asked to contact Moradi MD to schedule a complimentary consultation.

What are Varicose Veins?

These enlarged veins are caused by incompetent valves, which are responsible for preventing the backwards flow of blood within the vein. When these valves are not working properly, blood isn’t directed back to the heart efficiently. This pooling of blood causes the vein to distend. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, often accompany varicose veins, but can also appear by themselves. These also result from venous insufficiency and are simply dilated blood vessels.

Predisposition for enlarged veins can be caused by a variety of factors – genetics being the most common. If a mother or father has incompetent valves, then their children will likely inherit that trait. Gender is another factor – women are 2-3 times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Neither of these factors can be controlled and are usually resistant to preventative measures. Other factors can include pregnancy, prolonged sitting, and being overweight or obese. Exercise and normal weight maintenance may help prevent the occurrence of enlarged veins in these cases.

A common treatment for varicose veins is sclerotherapy. At the San Diego office of Moradi MD, our team is well-versed in this procedure, and can provide effective treatment with little to no downtime.

What is Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment?

Sclerotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins has been practiced since the 1920s. During the procedure, a sclerosing solution (most commonly Asclera, or polidocanol) is injected into the vein, damaging the lining of the offending vein, causing it to collapse and flatten. The resulting scar tissue is then absorbed into the body. This has the effect of greatly reducing (and sometimes eliminating altogether) the unsightly vein line.

Sclerotherapy vein treatment is conducted using a very fine needle and is minimally invasive. Each session takes around 30-45 minutes depending on how many veins need to be treated. For optimal results, more than one session may be required. In general, larger varicose veins respond to treatment within 3-4 months. In most cases, about 70% of the treated veins will be permanently resolved with sclerotherapy.

Ideal Candidates for Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy vein treatment is right for most patients. However, candidacy must be determined during an initial consultation with the Moradi MD staff. To determine if sclerotherapy for varicose veins is likely to be of benefit, the site of the defective vein is identified as well as the venous drainage pattern. Healthy people who complain of small, superficial veins are also candidates for sclerotherapy.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not eligible for sclerotherapy vein treatment. Patients who are bedridden or in poor general health may also be ineligible. The team at the San Diego office of Moradi MD can determine an individual’s candidacy for sclerotherapy, as well as answer any questions they may have, so that they can make informed decisions regarding their treatment.

Potential Risks

Sclerotherapy, as performed by a qualified provider such as Dr. Moradi, is a safe and risk-free procedure. However, as with all medical treatments, patients are sometimes at risk for complications. Complications associated with sclerotherapy can include:

  • Discomfort after vein treatment
  • Scarring and pigmentation
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of injection sites
  • Skin sensitivity or change in skin sensation
  • Damage to deeper structures – such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscles

Many complications are temporary and can be treated. Additionally, following all post-treatments guidelines can minimize risks.

Recovery

After sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins, compression stockings or support hosiery must be worn to prevent post-injection bleeding and to prevent veins from refilling. Patients will be required to refrain from physical activity for 24 hours after treatment. Normal activity may be resumed after this initial rest period, though strenuous exercise, long airplane flights, hot baths, and sunbathing must be avoided for at least three days after treatment. Walking is encouraged immediately after treatment.

Patients who undergo sclerotherapy vein treatment should also pay attention to which medications they take. Aspirin, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications should be avoided for at least 48 hours following a therapy session. Tylenol may be used if needed to ease discomfort. A healing interval (typically 1-3 months) must pass before you have another series of injections in the same site. After each treatment, further improvement of appearance will be noticeable.

Contact Moradi MD for a Complimentary Consultation

Sclerotherapy for varicose veins can noticeably improve the appearance of the legs, is minimally invasive, and requires little downtime. Dr. Amir Moradi is certified by The American Board of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeons, and has extensive experience with this procedure – patients can trust his expertise. To meet patients’ needs, Dr. Moradi provides complimentary consultations at his San Diego practice for sclerotherapy and other vein therapy treatment options. To schedule a consultation, patients are asked to please call (760) 726-6451 or inquire via email.