What are varicose and spider veins?
Varicose and spider veins are visible veins that appear under your skin. Varicose veins appear as thick, gnarled veins that may create a bumpy road map, while spider veins tend to only cause blue or red lines.
You may develop varicose or spider veins if the valves in your veins have been damaged, allowing the blood to pool and create the visible veins. While you can develop varicose veins on any part of your body, they most commonly appear on the legs.
These veins don’t always cause problems, but they can affect blood flow and lead to pain or aching. Dr. Mutafyan offers sclerotherapy to get rid of your varicose and spider veins.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a special injection used to treat spider and varicose veins. The injection contains a chemical that irritates the lining of the affected blood vessel, causing it to close off the flow of blood so the unsightly vein disappears.
Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
Dr. Mutafyan determines if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy during a consultation. If you’re generally in good health, not pregnant, and don’t have any blood-clotting issues, then you may be considered a good candidate for the procedure.
What happens during sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. After cleaning your skin with alcohol, Dr. Mutafyan injects the chemical into the affected vein. You may feel a stinging sensation during the injection. If you’re sensitive to pain, be sure to let Dr. Mutafyan know so he can adjust your treatment to minimize discomfort.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Mutafyan may place a number of injections during your treatment session. There’s no downtime following your sclerotherapy, so you can go back to your usual activities afterward.
To support the healing process, Dr. Mutafyan recommends you wear compression stockings for up to two weeks after your procedure.
If you have varicose or spider veins, you may be hiding behind long pants no matter the weather. George Mutafyan, MD, in Glendale, California, uses sclerotherapy to help you diminish unsightly veins so you no longer have to worry about covering them up. To schedule a consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.
How long does it take to see results from sclerotherapy?
For smaller veins, you should notice an improvement within six weeks, and for larger veins, four months. To get the best results, Dr. Mutafyan may recommend a series of sclerotherapy treatments. He provides you with your treatment plan before you get started so you know what to expect.
To learn more about sclerotherapy and how it can get rid of your varicose veins, call George Mutafyan, MD, today or book an appointment online.
Dr. George Mutafyan
Master of Dentistry