This involves the injection of a solution into the diseased veins causing them to shrink, close off and gradually disappear. For large varicosities, ultrasound is often used to guide the injections into underlying vessels not seen on the surface of the skin. This delivers medication into a precise location safely and accurately to achieve superior long-lasting results.
Foam Sclerotherapy utilizes an injectable solution that matches the texture of shaving cream, which can more efficiently stick to the walls of larger veins causing them to collapse and eventually disappear from view.
Foam Sclerotherapy offers the following benefits over standard Sclerotherapy procedures:
- The foam agent displaces the blood in the vein so the medication can be applied to the vein wall at full strength.
- The foam is easier to see and track on ultrasound, allowing for greater precision for the doctor performing the procedure.
How does the Procedure Work?
Foam Sclerotherapy is performed right in our Advanced Vein Clinics and the entire procedure takes just a few minutes to complete. Ultrasound is used to help the doctor locate the targeted vein and inject the foam agent directly into it. The patient may feel some mild cramping in the treatment area for a minute or two, which dissipates quickly on its own. The amount of time required for the procedure will vary, based on the number of veins to be treated.
What is the Recovery Like?
Foam sclerotherapy is considered a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime afterward. After the procedure, the patient is fitted with compression stockings to reduce the risk of swelling and promote healing. These stockings are usually worn for one to three days after the procedure. The patient is allowed to return to regular activities immediately after the treatment, although aerobic activity is prohibited for the first week or so.
Are there Risks?
The risks associated with Foam Sclerotherapy are minimal and may include:
- Itching or discomfort around the injection sites
- Mild bruising or swelling, which usually goes away in a day or two
- Temporary skin discoloration that goes away within three to six months
- Larger veins may become lumpy or hard before dissolving on their own