Is cryosclerotherapy painful?

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Published On: June, 10, 2024

Cryosclerotherapy: A Painless Alternative to Traditional Sclerotherapy

If you’ve been offered cryosclerotherapy to treat spider veins and small varicose veins, you’re on your way to experiencing a less painful and highly effective treatment option. This innovative procedure combines traditional sclerotherapy with the use of a cryo device, providing a comfortable and efficient solution for vein issues.

What is Cryosclerotherapy?

Cryosclerotherapy treats spider veins and reticular veins, which are small varicose veins located near the skin’s surface. Traditional sclerotherapy involves injecting a medication into the vein using a tiny needle, causing the vein to collapse and eventually fade away. Depending on the size of the veins, the medication can be administered in a liquid or foam formulation.

Cryosclerotherapy enhances this process by incorporating a cryo device that delivers puffs of cold air simultaneously during the injections. The cold air anesthetizes the skin, making the treatment relatively painless. This is particularly beneficial for sensitive areas like the inner ankles and thighs. Instead of feeling the needle prick, you will experience puffs of cold air, which can also help reduce bruising and pain.

What to Expect on Treatment Day

Here’s what you can expect during your cryosclerotherapy treatment:

  1. Consent and Preparation: You’ll start by signing a consent form and changing into shorts provided by the office. Your skin will be cleaned with alcohol to ensure a sterile environment.
  2. Injection Process: The sclerosant medication will be injected into your veins using a fine needle. Just before the needle is used, you will feel puffs of cold air from the cryo device. This cold air will anesthetize the skin, making the needle prick barely noticeable or entirely painless. Each time the needle is used, you’ll feel the comforting puffs of cold air.
  3. Post-Treatment Care: After the injections, you’ll be assisted into your compression stockings. To promote circulation and aid in the healing process, you will be asked to walk for 30 minutes before getting into your car. It’s normal for your legs to feel achy and tender to the touch after the treatment, indicating that the procedure is working.

Benefits of Cryosclerotherapy

Cryosclerotherapy offers several advantages over traditional sclerotherapy:

  • Pain Reduction: The use of cold air significantly reduces the pain associated with the needle pricks.
  • Comfort: The procedure is more comfortable, especially in sensitive areas.
  • Reduced Bruising and Pain: The cold air can help minimize post-treatment bruising and pain.
  • Effective Results: Like traditional sclerotherapy, cryosclerotherapy effectively collapses and fades spider and small varicose veins.

Take the Next Step Toward Healthier Veins

If you’re considering treatment for spider veins or small varicose veins, cryosclerotherapy offers a painless and effective alternative to traditional methods. Schedule a consultation with a vein specialist to see if this innovative treatment is right for you. Enjoy the benefits of clearer skin and improved vein health with minimal discomfort.

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La Jolla Vein & Vascular (formerly La Jolla Vein Care) is committed to bringing experts together for unparalleled vein and vascular care. 

Nisha Bunke, MD, Sarah Lucas, MD, and Amanda Steinberger, MD are specialists who combine their experience and expertise to offer world-class vascular care. 

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