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How Long Does It Take to See Sclerotherapy Results?

Author: Hassan S. Makki, D.O., FACC

– And Other Questions…

At Valley Vein Center (Phoenix), I frequently perform sclerotherapy for patients with spider veins and small varicose veins. This procedure is fast, relatively easy to perform (compared to surgery or other more invasive techniques), and effective. However, it takes at least a few weeks in order to see the results. Patients, be patient.

“How long does it take to see results?”

Expect to wait at least three to six weeks to see the results. Some varicose veins, depending on their size, could take as long as three to four months to resolve after sclerotherapy. Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean the procedure’s not working. Rather, it’s important to understand what’s going on with the veins…

During the procedure, a special solution is injected into the vein, causing it to collapse. As a result, blood no longer flows through the vein, and it turns into scar tissue. This tissue is then absorbed into the rest of the leg and fades from view.

After the initial injection, the rest of the process consists of work that your body naturally does on its own. The amount of time it takes for your body to form and resorb scar tissue is largely up to a number of patient-specific factors, including your body chemistry, health, diet, and lifestyle.

“I heard you have to have more than one session. Is that true?”

Generally, yes, patients will have more than one sclerotherapy session at Valley Vein Center. Larger spider veins and varicose veins are more likely to need additional, follow-up injections.

“Does sclerotherapy work?”

Sclerotherapy is successful in approximately 90 percent of all patients. It’s considered the gold standard for treating spider veins, and is a highly effective procedure in smaller varicose veins.

Schedule Your Consultation: Sclerotherapy In Phoenix

To schedule your consultation with a vein specialist in Phoenix, AZ at Valley Vein Center, call 602-234-0004 or schedule an appointment online. Many patients have already discovered the joy of seeing their legs have clear, healthy skin once again. Schedule your appointment to begin your journey of restoration.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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