Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan
Michelle Henry, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Midtown East, Manhattan, NY
If you’re one of the 33 million Americans with varicose veins, sclerotherapy provides a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment option. Board-certified dermatologist Michelle Henry, MD, at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan in the Midtown East neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, regularly uses sclerotherapy to minimize the appearance of varicose and spider veins. If visible veins leave you feeling self-conscious, make an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.
Sclerotherapy Q & A
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment technique used to eradicate unsightly varicose and spider veins. It’s particularly beneficial for treatment of small and medium-sized veins.
During sclerotherapy, Dr. Henry carefully injects a chemical solution into one or more affected veins. The chemical solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel and reroutes your blood to healthier veins. Over time, the treated veins collapse and your body reabsorbs them.
Additionally, sclerotherapy provides quick, long-lasting results. Many people see a significant improvement in the appearance of their veins within 2-3 weeks of treatment.
Why would I need sclerotherapy?
Many people undergo sclerotherapy to improve the aesthetic appearance of their thighs and legs, where varicose and spider veins are most common.
Sclerotherapy also has medical benefits. Dr. Henry regularly recommends sclerotherapy to manage uncomfortable symptoms of varicose veins, including aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps.
Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy, Dr. Henry conducts a physical exam. During this appointment, she evaluates each of your veins and reviews your medical history to determine if you have an underlying blood vessel disease.
Next, Dr. Henry asks you questions about any symptoms you’re experiencing, if you have allergies, and the types of prescription medications and/or nutritional supplements you’re taking. After gathering all of this information, Dr. Henry can make a treatment recommendation that aligns with your individual needs.
Does sclerotherapy present any side effects?
Sclerotherapy is safe and well-tolerated, but there are risks. Common side effects that occur at or near the injection site include:
- Raised red areas
- Small sores
- Darkened skin
- Small, red blood vessels
Most of these side effects resolve on their own within a week or two of your initial treatment. In some cases, they last for months or even years at a time.
What happens during sclerotherapy?
On the day of your sclerotherapy appointment, you lay on your back on an exam table and Dr. Henry slightly elevates your legs. Next, Dr. Henry cleans and sterilizes the injection sites.
Afterward, she carefully injects the chemical solution into each of your problem veins. The solution contains a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. After administering each injection, Dr. Henry applies a compression pad to each injection site. The number of injections you’ll need depends on the size of each vein and your goals for treatment.
To make a sclerotherapy appointment at Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan, call the office or book online today.
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