Leg Veins Therapy
Show off your legs, not your veins.
Now with a combined approach to leg vein treatment, it is possible to quickly and safely remove those unsightly veins of practically any size.
Sclerotherapy - the gold standard of vessels treatment. 2-5 painless injections sessions of an irritant into your spider vessels stimulates the body to destroy and digest them over just a few weeks. No more cramping and pain of the older solutions. Now FDA-approved Polidocanol, or Asclera, effectively and safely eliminates unwanted vessels of various sizes. Asclera, Polidocanol, is injected in a series of treatments usually separated by 2-4 weeks. After Asclera injections, patients can usually return to full activity.
Laser therapy - although laser is not the first line treatment in the battle against leg veins, smaller vessels, that sclerotherapy can not treat, are painlessly erased with our V-beam vascular laser.
Ambulatory Phlebectomy - At last, there is a minimally invasive way to permanently rid of those large protruding blue veins that can be painful and unsightly. Using only local anesthesia, we are able to surgically tie off and tease out those large veins through small incisions, permanently removing them, and preventing worsening of surrounding vessels. You wont miss a single workout or night out.
Sclerotherapy / Leg Vein Treatment FAQs
What are spider veins and varicose veins?
Spider veins are most common among women of age between 30 and 50. This condition is related to pregnancy and also the hormone estrogen. Spider veins appear in a circular network pattern and are light purple in color. They are typically harmless. Varicose veins are abnormally enlarged and bulge. They are found in the pelvis area and legs. When veins fail to function properly, blood circulation is interrupted. The blood will get collected in the veins which creates the protruding effect. Varicose veins may cause pain or discomfort.
How is it possible to treat leg veins?
Leg veins can be treated using Sclerotherapy (an injection that shrinks blood vessels) or Laser therapy. According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, laser treatment is not the first option, but when sclerotherapy fails he will use a V-beam vascular laser to treat the leg veins. Ambulatory Phlebectomy is also used to get rid of the painful and protruding veins with help of local anesthesia. In Ambulatory Phlebectomy, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank will tie and take out the enlarged veins surgically with the help of small incisions. The affected veins are permanently removed in Ambulatory Phlebectomy and this prevents the damage of surrounding blood vessels.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure for the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins. In Sclerotherapy, a solution is injected into the veins allowing them to shrink and gradually disappear. Sclerotherapy can successfully treat veins with the diameter of 1cm.
What is the use of leg vein treatment or sclerotherapy?
The procedure will provide relief for symptoms of spider veins such as swelling, night cramps, burning, and aching. Sclerotherapy can be used as the primary treatment of varicose veins.
How many sclerotherapy / leg vein treatments are required to get excellent results?
The result of the treatment will vary from patient to patient. Most patients see great results after only one treatment. Several treatments are required for patients with an extensive network of leg veins. Sometimes it is difficult to treat even a small vessel. If there are leg veins lying deep, then sometimes after performing the treatment they may become worse.
Is the treatment painful?
For those undergoing a laser treatment, they may experience a pain equivalent to a rubber band snap or a pinch. Patients who had undergone sclerotherapy did not experience any discomfort. In Ambulatory Phlebectomy, you may feel some pain as the veins are removed surgically.
How is Sclerotherapy performed?
Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure where a fine needle is used to inject the solution for vein dissolving into the problematic veins. The patient may feel a slight burning sensation during the procedure. The number of treated veins in one treatment will vary based on the location and size of the leg veins. The entire procedure takes about 30-45 minutes to complete.
What are the preparations required for performing Sclerotherapy/leg vein treatments?
Extensive preparation is not required before the treatments. However, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank may recommend that you stop taking aspirin and smoking for a few days before the treatment.
What are the side effects of sclerotherapy after performing the procedure?
Patients may experience side effects after the procedure. Larger veins that are treated may form lumps or become hard for a few months. You may also find red areas where the injection site is, but that will disappear after a few days. At the injection areas, you may find brown spots or lines. These mostly disappear within 3-6 months. These brown spots or lines may remain permanent in 5% of patients. You may also experience temporary bruising around the injected area.
Within 3-6 weeks after the procedure, the spider veins will respond to the treatment. But larger veins will take 3-4 months to respond. When the problematic veins respond properly to the procedure then these veins will not resurface again. Over a period of time, new veins will appear in the place of problematic veins.
New York Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank may recommend that you wear compression wraps or support hosiery after the leg vein treatment or sclerotherapy. Compression wraps are meant to compress the veins treated after the procedure.
How can I reach the conclusion that I have completed the treatment successfully?
NYC dermatologist Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank may ask for further checkups after completing the procedure. The appearance of the veins should be diminished as well as any discomfort.
What are the requirements to become an ideal candidate for Sclerotherapy/leg vein treatment?
You should not be nursing or pregnant, and should not have a history of allergies to sclerosant. Those who are suffering from inflammation or blood clots in deeper veins should not opt for the treatment. Patients with medical conditions like cardiac diseases, infectious diseases, and blood-borne illnesses are not ideal candidates for the procedure. Patients with diabetes or high blood pressure should not undergo sclerotherapy or other leg vein treatments. If you are taking any blood thinning medications, then you are not suitable for sclerotherapy.
Is it harmful to remove spider veins?
No. Removal of spider veins does not pose any harm to the individual as these veins do not have any function at all.
What is the recovery time for sclerotherapy or leg vein treatment?
According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, patients who are healthy and active can return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure. Avoid soaking the dressings during the recovery period. Pressure dressing and bandages are used for a short period of time and will be removed later as recommended by the doctor. Pressure bandages are used for larger veins. Strenuous exercises should be performed only after removing the dressings. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank recommends that patients wear compression stockings to improve the function and cosmetic outcome of the procedure. Compression stockings are used to prevent any vein problems in future.
If you are interested in new FDA approved leg vein treatment in the New York area, please set up a consultation to discuss Asclera, Polidocanol, and other treatments that we offer.
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