Dermatologist in Westlake Village area explains sclerotherapy treatment

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Patients with varicose veins and spider veins on their legs are often self-conscious about their appearance, and varicose veins can be painful for patients who stand or sit a lot. Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. in the Westlake Village area helps patients reduce the appearance of these veins and address the discomfort they feel by offering sclerotherapy treatment.

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure done to close troublesome veins in the leg to redirect the blood flow and reduce varicose and spider veins. This treatment is done by a qualified dermatologist who injects a solution directly into the problem veins. This causes them to close. They are naturally absorbed into the body, and healthier, stronger veins carry the blood flow.

Patients with varicose veins and spider veins should first consult a doctor for diagnosis of their condition and determine if sclerotherapy is right for them. Most patients are appropriate candidates. They should be of good overall health and have no concerning medical conditions that may hinder healing.

Sclerotherapy does not provide immediate results. Instead, the process occurs over several days, even weeks, before there is a noticeable change in the appearance of the veins. Patients may experience bruising and redness at the injection site soon after the procedure, but this will go away and is mild. Patients may have some discomfort, but can take Tylenol to address any pain they may be experiencing. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, ibuprofen, and aspirin should be avoided 72 hours before treatment. Lotions, antibiotics, and specific over-the-counter and prescription medications should not be taken prior to the procedure.

If you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy treatment for varicose and spider veins, contact Daphne I. Panagotacos, M.D. Skin Care Centre in the Westlake Village area today to schedule your initial evaluation and consultation appointment. This is the best time to ask the doctor about the ways varicose and spider veins can be treated, and whether injections are the best option for you.


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