This form of treatment involves using a micro needle to inject a special kind of fluid, called a sclerosant, into the vein. This fluid causes the vein walls to become non-functional and to gradually fade away. Sclerotherapy has been available since the 1930’s but it is not an effective treatment for large varicose veins.
More Information: The sclerosant used at Vein Specialists of Augusta varies, depending on the specific needs of each patient. One sclerosant used at VSA is called polidocanol, (aethoxysclerol) which was developed as a local anesthetic. It doesn’t burn or sting as some other sclerosants do. At VSA, we use polidocanol, STS (sodium tetradecyl sulfate), and glycerin. Again, the sclerosant chosen depends on the needs of the patient. We are as anxious for you to have good results as you are to have them. You can return to normal activities right away, but we ask you to refrain from vigorous exercise or hot tubs for a few days, and to wear your compression stocking for at least 3 days.