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Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.


Sclerotherapy is often done for:

  • Cosmetic purposes — to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins

The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Night cramps

During the Procedure

Sclerotherapy is typically done in your doctor’s office and doesn’t require anesthesia. It generally takes less than an hour to complete. If you have a lot of pain, tell your doctor. Pain may occur if the solution leaks from the vein into surrounding tissue.

Once the needle is withdrawn, your doctor applies compression and massages the area to keep blood out of the injected vessel and disperse the solution. A compression pad may be taped onto the injection site to keep the area compressed while your doctor moves on to the next vein. The number of injections depends on the number and size of veins being treated.

After The Procedure

You’ll be able to get up and walk around soon after the procedure. Walking and moving your legs is important to prevent the formation of blood clots.

You’ll be asked to wear compression stockings or bandages — usually for about two weeks — to maintain compression on the treated veins.

Most people return to their normal activities on the same day, but it may be wise to have someone drive you home after the procedure. Your doctor will probably advise you to avoid strenuous exercise for two weeks after the procedure.

You’ll also want to avoid sun exposure to the treated areas during that time. The inflammation caused by the injections combined with sun exposure can lead to dark spots on your skin, especially if you already have a dark skin tone.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

UPDATE COVID-19 RASHID PUTMAN PLASTIC SURGERY & MEDSPA: MARCH 23, 2020
EFFECTIVE MARCH 23- APRIL 7 2020 LIMITATION OF NON-ESSENTIAL IN-OFFICE VISITS & PROCEDURES

The health and safety of our patients and staff remain our top priority. As recommendations evolve during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, we continue to evolve. We are using CDC recommendations to best serve our patients, protect our staff and families, and do our part to prevent transmission and slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus.

RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR PRITZKER’S EXECUTIVE ORDER TO “STAY AT HOME”

As an essential service, Rashid Putman Plastic Surgery will remain open during normal business hours. In accordance with guidelines from the American College of Surgeons, our surgeons are evaluating the medical need for procedures on a case by case basis daily. They are using data driven assessment for the delivery of clinical care based on the assimilation of the COVID-associated risk and all medical and logistical information available.

The Medspa temporary closure has been extended through April 7, 2020. Appointments for non-essential medical services are being limited from March 23- April 7th. Our office staff will be reaching out to reschedule these appointments. At this time, we will continue to accept new appointments, scheduling non-essential services after April 7th. If you wish to purchase skincare products or gift cards, please call ahead to pay via credit card and we will ship the items to you.

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