Vascular Associates, LLC

Vascular Health located in Panama City, FL & Panama City Beach, FL

If you have spider veins or varicose veins, one of the most straightforward and effective treatments is sclerotherapy. Bud Shuler, MD, and Natasha Gray, MCMSc, PA-C, of Vascular Associates, LLC in Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida, deliver expert sclerotherapy treatments to rid you of unsightly and uncomfortable veins. Call the practice today to schedule a consultation or use the online form to book an appointment.


What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that is fast and effective in spider veins and varicose veins.

Medical insurance usually covers sclerotherapy for treating varicose veins. However, cosmetic sclerotherapy for spider veins doesn't qualify as a medical requirement, so your insurance is unlikely to cover this type of treatment.

How is sclerotherapy performed?

To perform sclerotherapy, your provider at Vascular Associates, LLC injects a liquid or foam solution called a sclerosant directly into the affected vein using a very fine needle. The sclerosant irritates the blood vessel lining, creating scarring and making the vein collapse.

Sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure that takes about 15-30 minutes. You might require multiple sessions depending on how many veins need treating and their size. The procedure has a 60-80% success rate in eliminating troublesome veins.

Is sclerotherapy painful?

Sclerotherapy isn't painful, and you won't require anesthesia. You might feel a scratch as the needle goes in, and there might be some slight discomfort after your provider administers the sclerosant. Most patients return to their normal routine the same day.

Sclerotherapy typically causes minimal side effects. You might experience redness, slight bruising, and pain in the treatment area. You may also see tiny spots around the injection site. This is normal, and the spots disappear over time.

What happens after I have sclerotherapy?

Your provider at Vascular Associates, LLC might recommend that you wear compression hose or socks for the first 24 hours after the procedure. This helps the sclerosant to dissolve the treated vein.

It's also important to stay active. The less mobile you are, the higher the risk of developing a blood clot. For the first few days after sclerotherapy, you shouldn't:

  • Take hot baths
  • Use a sauna
  • Go swimming
  • Take anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Expose the treated area to sunlight
  • Travel by air
  • Run or lift weights

If you need any pain relief, you can take Tylenol®.

Getting rid of spider veins and varicose veins doesn't have to be painful or complicated. At Vascular Associates, LLC, the team makes sure that sclerotherapy procedures are quick, painless, and effective. Call them to schedule an appointment or book online today.