Sclerotherapy Specialist

Douglas Vascular Center

Vascular Surgeons & Venous Specialists located in Douglas, GA

Varicose veins and spider veins are more than unsightly; they’re dysfunctional and could be at the root of your leg pain or swelling. The vascular experts at Douglas Vascular Center, in Douglas, Georgia, offer three types of sclerotherapy with liquid injectable polidocanol, polidocanol CO2 foam or Varithena® polidocanol foam to quickly, safely, and painlessly collapse malfunctioning veins. Safely remove most dysfunctional veins with sclerotherapy for pain-free, more attractive legs.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What causes varicose veins and spider veins?

When your veins are healthy, they have elastic walls and strong one-way valves that propel de-oxygenated blood back up your legs toward your heart. Over time, or with the pressure of prolonged standing or excess weight, your vein walls and valves weaken. When your veins can’t push the blood back up toward your heart, it pools behind the broken valves, causing the veins to bulge and twist.

Because varicose veins slow down your circulation, you may develop symptoms, such as pain or swelling, in which case you may respond to conservative treatment like compression stocking and venous health supplements. Failing conservative treatment, patients with persistent symptoms usually benefit from sclerotherapy or more aggressive endovenous treatments.  However, you can safely remove varicose veins and spider veins to improve the appearance of your legs, whether you have uncomfortable symptoms or not.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a safe, minimally invasive treatment that collapses twisted, bulging varicose veins or spider veins in less than an hour. At Douglas Vascular Center, your vein expert chooses from CO2 foam or Varithena polidocanol foam. 

Your doctor injects the foam sclerotherapy directly into damaged veins. Though sclerotherapy is usually used to treat smaller spider veins, your doctor also recommends Varithena foam for larger veins, including the great saphenous vein (GSV) as well as larger varicosities. 

What happens when I get sclerotherapy?

Your vein expert injects the liquid or foam directly into affected veins with a syringe or catheter. The medication irritates and collapses the vein wall so that your circulation reroutes itself to healthier veins. The medication is then diluted and disperses as it contacts healthy blood vessels. 

The collapsed varicose and spider veins are eventually reabsorbed by your body. In most cases, your treatment only takes about an hour. 

What are the advantages of sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment that may help you avoid surgery to remove larger varicose veins. You may need one or more treatments of liquid polidocanol, Varithena, or CO2 foam, depending on the extent of your damaged veins.

After your sclerotherapy, your doctor advises wearing compression stockings for two weeks as your body reabsorbs the collapsed veins. You should avoid strenuous exercise for at least one week. Your Douglas Vascular Center team will give you aftercare instructions to facilitate healing. 

To set up a sclerotherapy treatment, contact Douglas Vascular Center by phone or online form today.