Dadeland Dermatology Group

David Rodriguez, MD

Dermatologist located in Miami, Coral Gables, FL

If you have unsightly spider veins or varicose veins that make you feel like you need to cover up your skin, sclerotherapy might be right for you. At Dadeland Dermatology Group in Kendall, Florida, you can meet with sclerotherapy expert David Rodriguez, MD. Dr. Rodriguez performs vein-reducing sclerotherapy treatments right in the office, so you can get the smoother, more even-toned skin you deserve. Click on the online scheduler to book your sclerotherapy consultation, or call the clinic directly.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that forces damaged veins to collapse and shrink. This simple treatment involves injecting your spider or varicose veins with a specialized solution.

Treated veins start scarring and collapsing instantly, which forces blood to re-circulate to healthier veins nearby. Over time, the collapsed veins gradually get absorbed and naturally fade away. The entire sclerotherapy process is quick, effective, and virtually painless (just a little slight stinging from the needle).

Am I a candidate for sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is often considered the gold standard for problem veins. This type of treatment might be right for you if you have spider or varicose veins that are:

  • Painful
  • Sore or swollen
  • Associated with burning
  • Causing night cramps

During your sclerotherapy consultation at Dadeland Dermatology Group, Dr. Rodriguez carefully examines your spider veins or varicose veins to determine if sclerotherapy is right for you. In many cases, he can perform the treatment during the same visit.

What is the recovery like after sclerotherapy?

Dr. Rodriguez encourages you to get up and walk around after your sclerotherapy, since movement promotes circulation, which prevents blood clots. He’ll likely want you to wear compression socks for about two weeks after your procedure.

Because you might be sore afterward, it’s beneficial to have someone drive you home after sclerotherapy. Although you can immediately return to most of your regular activities, Dr. Rodriguez may suggest avoiding strenuous exercise for up to two weeks.

While you’re healing, you need to avoid exposing the treated area to direct sunlight — wear layers or apply sunscreen if you can’t cover the area. The inflammation that stems from sclerotherapy can increase your risk of developing dark spots when combined with sun exposure.

It takes about three to six weeks to notice a dramatic improvement after sclerotherapy, but it just depends on the size of your treated veins. Plan on coming into Dadeland Dermatology Group for a follow-up visit during this time, just to ensure you’re healing properly.  

Find out if sclerotherapy is right for you by booking a consultation at Dadeland Dermatology Group today. Schedule your visit online or over the phone.