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Using Sclerotherapy to Treat Chest Veins

Published on March 2, 2018
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Do you have spider veins running across your chest? Does their appearance bother you or make you feel self-conscious about how you look? If you would like to get rid of those unsightly large veins in your chest, then you might want to consider undergoing sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is a procedure which helps to get rid of superficial veins. Using this medical technique, spider veins and larges prominent veins on the chest can be removed for a more even look.

How does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that needs to be carried out by a qualified doctor. The procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office and is minimally invasive. You can talk to your doctor to find out if you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Make sure to keep your doctor informed of any medical conditions or drug allergies you might suffer from.

During the procedure the veins that are to be removed are injected with a chemical known as sclerosant. The sclerosant, which is usually a salt solution, will cause a blood clot in the vein, rendering it no longer functional.

Each vein that needs to be removed will be injected with the solution. If the vein is no longer functioning normally, the body will eventually reabsorb the vein and permanently remove it from its site.

For a few weeks after the treatment, the veins might look more prominent and unpleasant but this is all a part of the procedure and will eventually subside. As the veins start getting reabsorbed by the body they will no longer be visible. After the procedure is completed, the treated skin will have a new and improved look.

Are There any Risks or Side Effects?

The procedure is not recommended for pregnant women or those who have a history of thrombosis. Your doctor will guide you through any surgical instructions that you will need to follow and may include stopping the use of certain medications in the weeks leading up to the surgery and sometime after.

The injections might cause some pain and discomfort but this is temporary and will pass quickly. You will also experience some itching in the area of the treated veins; this is a common but harmless side effect of the injection. If you do experience an allergic reaction to the solution, your doctor will be able to remedy the situation.

The veins will look swollen and bruised after the procedure but this heals and clears up in a few weeks. Larger veins might take a little longer to dissolve than smaller veins and might even become a little hard after the treatment. The hardening of the vein is part of the therapy and nothing to worry about. Large veins can take up to a few months to fully dissolve.

Contact your doctor if you experience any inflammation at the site of the treatment or develop ulcers where the injections were administered. With the right care, your doctor will be able to resolve the problems without any further cause for worry.

Once the healing process is complete, you will notice the veins are gone from your chest and your skin will look even and flawless.

Contact Our Office

Contact our office to learn more about the sclerotherapy treatment. Under the professional care and guidance of Dr. Raffi Dishakjian, you can finally get rid of those unsightly veins and feel more confident in your beauty.