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Sclerotherapy

In the past, treating damaged veins used to require intensive surgical procedures, but now, we can resolve many cases of leg veins with a minimally invasive treatment called sclerotherapy. Dr. Katherine Volatile at Harpe Laser & Wellness, provides sclerotherapy to Asheville patients who want to address prominent veins and restore clear skin.

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What Is Sclerotherapy?

Varicose veins and spider veins are common venous conditions that can disrupt our appearance and reduce our quality of life. Patients with these venous conditions may feel self-conscious about the appearance of the damaged veins, and it is not uncommon for varicose veins to also cause physical discomfort.

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. It is often the preferred method for providing aesthetic improvements and alleviating the physical symptoms associated with these veins.

Sclerotherapy shrinks swollen veins and minimizes or eliminates discoloration caused by pooled blood in the damaged veins. This procedure also restores healthier blood circulation and provides relief from the discomfort that often accompanies damaged veins.

Am I a Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

A consultation with a qualified medical professional, such as Dr. Volatile, is needed to determine your candidacy for sclerotherapy. In your consultation, Dr. Volatile will assess the damaged veins you want to treat. She will also ask you about your medical history, current medications, and goals for treatment.

Ideal candidates for sclerotherapy:

  • Are in good physical health
  • Do not have a history of blood clots
  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have realistic expectations for their sclerotherapy results
  • Are seeking treatment of spider veins and/or smaller varicose veins

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

During a sclerotherapy procedure, Dr. Volatile injects tiny amounts of a sclerosing agent into the damaged vein(s). The sclerosing solution seals the vein so the body can redirect blood flow to healthy veins. As a result of closing off the broken vein, swelling decreases and discoloration fades. Over time, the body absorbs the treated vein, and the condition is resolved.

Sclerotherapy Aftercare

Sclerotherapy requires minimal downtime. In most cases, patients can resume the majority of their normal activities right after treatment.

Dr. Volatile will provide personalized recovery guidelines based on your specific sclerotherapy procedure. It is important to follow his instructions in order to promote healing and ensure maximum improvements.

Strenuous activities such as high-intensity cardio and weightlifting should be avoided for 48 hours, or as directed by Dr. Volatile. In the initial days after your sclerotherapy treatment, saunas, swimming pools, hot baths, tanning beds, and sunlight should also be avoided.

Depending on the venous condition treated and the location of the treated veins, Dr. Volatile may instruct you to wear compression garments during your recovery. Compression socks are typically recommended when sclerotherapy is performed to treat varicose veins affecting the legs and feet.

Sclerotherapy Results

Sclerotherapy is a proven method of treating broken veins. Most patients experience significant improvements, though results can vary based on the size of the damaged veins.

Spider veins and smaller varicose veins may be completely eliminated with a series of sclerotherapy treatments. Larger varicose veins may or may not disappear completely, but most patients benefit from noticeable improvements and a reduction in varicose-vein-related discomfort.

How Much Does Sclerotherapy Cost?

The price of sclerotherapy is based on the size and location of the veins you want to treat. The overall cost of vein treatment with sclerotherapy will also be affected by the number of treatment sessions needed to achieve your desired outcome.

The price of sclerotherapy is based on the size and location of the veins you want to treat. The overall cost of vein treatment with sclerotherapy will also be affected by the number of treatment sessions needed to achieve your desired outcome.

Schedule a Sclerotherapy Consultation

Sclerotherapy in Asheville from Dr. Volatile has helped many patients in improve their quality of life and their satisfaction with their appearance. To find out if sclerotherapy is the best vein treatment for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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