It’s been around since the 1800s, but it is still one of the first choices of treatment for varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy involves using a very fine needle to inject an abnormal vein with a sclerosing solution, thus causing the vein to collapse by design. The body reacts to this by rerouting blood from the bad vein to a normal, healthy vein. The body, with the right, safe stimulus, essentially heals itself, and the unsightly veins disappear over time.

Why is sclerotherapy so popular still? There are a number of reasons:

1.  It’s virtually painless. For some people, the sclerosing solution may cause a mild burning sensation, but any discomfort is minimal. The needle itself is so fine that it also causes little discomfort, and no anesthesia is required. Patients can resume normal activities soon after treatment.

2. It’s affordable. Treatments are typically only around $300, if not covered by insurance, and many patients find that it only takes two or three treatments to eliminate the problem.

3. It can be enhanced with technology to treat more complex cases.  If veins are deep in the body, the physician can use ultrasound to safely pinpoint the damaged veins and to guide the treatment precisely.

4.  There’s little risk of scarring. Again, since the treatment needle is so fine, it leaves a very small puncture that heals quickly–a big plus for any cosmetic procedure.

Is sclerotherapy a good treatment for you? It’s easy to find out. Simply click here to schedule an appointment. Dr. Tarr will go over your treatment options, your prognosis, and costs. Then you’ll have all the information you need to make the right decision for yourself.