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Sclerotherapy Treatment Denver


The meaning of SCLEROTHERAPY is scarring. In the case of veins it implies the use of an irritant chemical to cause spontaneous closure. Generally, the “chemical” used to sclerose veins is concentrated salt water injected into the vein with a syringe and a very tiny needle. The salt water causes the vein to collapse on itself and stop the flow of blood through it. Eventually, the body identifies the now useless vein as just that and will treat it as such—dissolving it and leaving not a trace of the original vein structure. This whole process takes 6-8 weeks, and, as soon as a week, the treated veins become invisible.

Sclerotherapy can be performed on veins as small as one millimeter or as large as 6 millimeters. Saline occasionally causes a brief and mild burning sensation which passes quickly after the injection. After the sclerotherapy session, soaking in a warm tub of water for 30 minutes dramatically improves the ultimate results and sooths any minimal and temporary discomfort. Depending on the extent of the varicosities [swollen veins], knee to toe mild compression
stockings may be suggested for a day or so.

Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure requiring no anesthesia. Usually treatment sessions are 15-30 minutes but on occasion may take up to an hour.