This treatment is for small to medium-sized varicose veins. Medication injects into the vein under ultrasound guidance. The medication causes the vein to spasm and flatten into a fibrous cord. The blood flow stops through the vein, causing it to dissolve over a period of 3-6 months. This treatment is ideal for varicose veins that are near the surface of the skin. It is also ideal for veins that are not straight enough for Endovenous Laser treatment. EVLT and USGS may be used in conjunction, treating some veins with lasers and others with injections.
Side Effects of Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy (USGS)
After treatment, some patients may experience side effects. When treating larger veins, they may become lumpy or hard. This will clear up several months after treatment. At the injection areas the skin may become red, bruised or raised, but this will go away in a few days. Tiny vessels can temporarily develop at the injection sites. Fortunately, this will go away in a few months and rarely requires further treatment. Patients sometimes have an allergic reaction, but they are rarely life threatening.
Severe Side Effects of USGS
Severe symptoms include swelling or red streaks close to the groin. Sudden swollen leg or ulcers forming near injection site. If any of these occur, contact Vincent Vein Center immediately.
Visual Sclerotherapy treats spider veins. Spider veins are tiny broken capillaries on the surface of the legs or face. Since these veins can be seen from the surface of the skin, an ultrasound is not necessary to treat these veins. Spider veins do not always cause pain, so some patients want them removed for appearance reasons.
Cosmetic Procedures and Insurance
This is purely a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. This treatment is ideal after any varicose vein treatments. Spider vein treatment is more effective after any enlarged veins underneath are treated.