Many people have unattractive and undesirable varicose veins on their hands and legs that they want removed. Varicose veins can be a serious embarrassment and can also lead to more serious health complications. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our doctors are some of the country’s leading experts in sclerotherapy, an innovative and highly effective treatment for the treatment of unwanted varicose veins. In fact, our very own Dr. Mitchel Goldman has authored some of the most highly regarded medical textbooks on the topic!
Sclerotherapy Treatment for Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy allows our team of dermatology specialists in San Diego to inject medicine into hand and legs veins in order to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins. The medicine, known as a sclerosing agent (Asclera or Sotradecol), is injected into the feeder vein. This feeder vein is the primary vein that causes smaller veins to break off and become highly visible. The sclerosing agent destroys the inner lining of the vein, allowing the body to absorb it. Sclerotherapy can be used to treat varicose and spider veins anywhere on the legs, including the ankle, lower leg, and upper thigh veins.
The best way to treat spider veins is with a quick visit to Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego to address the root cause of the issue. Our sclerotherapy experts will decide if you are a candidate for sclerotherapy and which sclerosing agent, Asclera or Sotradecol, is right for you. Asclera is the most recent FDA-approved sclerosing agent and it is made of polidocanol.
Sotradecol is another FDA-approved sclerosing medication made of sodium tetradecyl sulfate, and the doctor will determine which medication is most appropriate based on the condition of your veins. Those with a larger number of spider veins may need to make multiple visits, however it is not uncommon for patients to see immediate results after just one treatment.
Dr. Goldman Demonstrates the Sclerotherapy Procedure
Why Choose Cosmetic Laser Dermatology?
Our amazing team of dermatologists include Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman, Dr. William F. Groff, and Dr. Sabrina G. Fabi, who are specialists in non-invasive sclerotherapy treatments for varicose veins. Dr. Goldman is an innovator in the field of facial and leg veins and is the author of the most widely used textbooks on sclerotherapy. He is a world-renowned expert and leading authority on procedures and treatments for varicose veins. Drs. Goldman, Groff, and Fabi have accomplished more sclerotherapy procedures than any other doctors in the region and are highly esteemed contributors to dermatologic research. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, you are in the excellent care of the most trusted experts in the Sclerotherapy field!
Contact our office today if you are interested in learning more about how Sclerotherapy can help you get rid of varicose veins!
Who Is a Good Candidate for Varicose Vein Treatments?
If you have unwanted veins in the hands, legs, or calves, then you might be a good candidate for varicose vein treatment in San Diego with Dr. Goldman and Dr. Fabi. Unlike the more invasive phlebectomy procedure, most people are qualified candidates for non-invasive Sclerotherapy. However, our doctors perform thorough consultations with each patient to determine the treatment plan that’s best for them. After meeting with our doctors, each patient is given a treatment recommendation based on their individual needs and goals. Patients who are not good candidates for Sclerotherapy might be qualified to undergo a phlebectomy or laser phlebectomy.
Dr. Fabi Explains Sclerotherapy on Despierto America!
Our doctors are committed to answering patient questions regarding the Sclerotherapy procedure and how it can help diminish the appearance of unsightly varicose veins. We’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions here and encourage patients to contact our office with any further questions they may have.
Q: Is Sclerotherapy safe?
A: Sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure when done by an expert who knows how to perform the injections correctly. A board-certified dermatologist is the most qualified to administer Sclerotherapy injections as they have a wide knowledge regarding veins and vein treatments. Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego is the proud home to vein treatment experts who are board-certified dermatologists.
Q: Why do I have to wear compression stockings after treatment?
A: Wearing compression stockings is an important part of the sclerotherapy process. They keep the veins from regenerating after treatment and ensure the most optimal sclerotherapy results. Many patients choose to undergo sclerotherapy during the Fall or Winter so they can hide the compression stockings under pants. Some people find that the stockings are quite comfortable and enjoy wearing them!
Q: Who should perform Sclerotherapy injections?
A: It is vital that patients visit a doctor who is highly trained in Sclerotherapy treatments. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our director Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman is a forerunner of the treatment. This means that Dr. Goldman is the most knowledgeable when it comes to performing Sclerotherapy treatments.
Q: When will I see the results from my Sclerotherapy injections?
A: Some patients may see improvements immediately after their treatment session, although this varies depending on the individual. In most cases, the veins disappear as soon as they encounter the injected medicine. The medicine continues to spread over the next few weeks, and complete results can be seen after only one or two months.
Q: What are varicose veins?
A: Varicose veins are veins that become enlarged due to increased pressure and the blood flowing backwards due to blocked passageways. Pregnancy, age, and genetic factors can all cause varicose veins to occur. These veins are not necessary and actually takes blood away from healthy veins. It is easy to remove these unnecessary veins through vein treatments like Sclerotherapy.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: The number of Sclerotherapy treatments depends on the patient and the amount of varicose veins they have. Patients may need 2-3 treatment sessions in order to receive the best results, although immediate results can often be seen after one injection. Your doctor will be able to set expectations for your individual treatment plan during your initial consultation.
Q: Is there any recovery time after a Sclerotherapy treatment?
A: Downtime is very minimal after receiving Sclerotherapy injections. Patients must wear compression stockings at all times for the first week after the treatment, although they can continue with their normal daily activities. After the first week, the stockings can be removed to take a shower. The stockings help ensure that the patient receives the best results.
Say Goodbye To Your Varicose Veins Today!
If you are ready to get rid of your unflattering varicose veins on your hands or legs, look no further than the varicose vein removal experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego. Our renowned team of dermatologists are ready to help you reduce the appearance of varicose veins using the innovative Sclerotherapy treatment. Call 858.365.3622 to schedule a consultation today!
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