Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is considered the medical treatment of choice used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins.  The treatment is minimally invasive. The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as aching, swelling, burning and night cramps. Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take up to two months to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.

PRE-TREATMENT

Avoid the following blood thinning products for 7 days prior to your treatment (unless medically contraindicated):

Aspirin / Ibuprofen

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

Herbal supplements: Vitamin E, Fish Oil, St. John’s Wort, Garlic, Ginkgo, Ginseng

Any supplements or medication that increases the chances of blood thinning

Avoid alcohol and smoking for 2 days prior to treatment

Do not shave or use depilatories on legs the day
of treatment

Do no apply lotion or moisturizer to your legs the day
of treatment

Tylenol can be taken prior to treatment for mild
muscle cramping

Plan to shower before your treatment as you will not be able to shower for 24 hours after treatment

Plan to wear (or bring) loose fitting shorts or a leotard to wear during treatment

Bring a pair of heavy, thigh-high support hose to wear when you leave the office and for 7 days after treatment. Please consult with your provider for recommendations

POST-TREATMENT

Wear thigh high compression stockings continuously for the first day then continuously for up to 3 days (can be removed the next day only to shower) and 2-3 weeks after the treatment during the daytime.

Walk 15-20 minutes after the procedure and every day for the next 3 days

Avoid heavy exercise, sun exposure, long plane flights, hot baths and sauna for 1 week

Avoid blood thinners (unless medically contraindicated) for 1 week.

Avoid alcohol and smoking for 2 days prior to treatment

Do not shave your legs for 3-4 days

Plan to discuss additional skin treatments (lasers, microneedling, facial, etc) with your provider so that the appropriate time is determined between treatments.

FAQ

It may take up to 6 weeks for treated veins to improve. The appearance immediately after can often look worse prior to treatment. We recommend scheduling a follow-up visit about a month after the procedure to check the procedure’s success and decide whether further sessions are needed. Generally, you need to wait about six weeks before undergoing another sclerotherapy session.

Veins that respond to treatment generally don’t come back, but new veins may appear.

Yes, the contraindications for Sclerotherapy include:

Pregnancy or breastfeeding

Allergy to Asclera (polidocanol)

Patients with varicose veins more than 3 mm in diameter

Patients with a history of deep venous thrombosis (DVT), arterial disease, pulmonary embolism, acute vein or blood clotting disease.

Patients that had a recent major surgery (within 3 months)

Patients with open wounds or infection in the treatment area

Patients that have experienced a previous adverse reaction to sclerotherapy or vein removal treatment.

Patients who have medical conditions that may affect wound healing

Post treatment you can expect the following: Minor discomfort and mild itching are normal post treatment. Redness and swelling (with the appearance of “hives”) around the treated veins may last 1-2 days. This may be associated with some itching/burning and may improve with over the counter Benadryl or non-sedating antihistamines such as Zyrtec 10mg. Bruising around the treated area that should resolve in 1 week. Veins may temporarily become discolored (darker red, purple or brown) as they heal. Sun exposure and tanning beds can worsen the discoloration and may cause them to last longer or become permanent.

Complications, though rare, can occur and should be discussed and understood. The patient must understand the importance of the post care instructions, and that failure to comply may increase the potential for complications.

Anaphylaxis or allergic reaction to Asclera  (polidocanol)

Painful areas, expanding redness, blistering or unusual swelling or bruising

Visual disturbances, headaches, fainting and nausea

Injection site looks significantly red, hot or tender.

Pigmentary changes: hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation may occur. There is a higher risk in darker skin types.

Seek immediate medical care if you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain or dizziness, or you cough up blood.

Consultations at Vega Vitality are complimentary and always encouraged! This gives you an opportunity to meet with one of our aesthetic providers and discuss one on one your aesthetic goals and desired outcomes. Our providers will listen to your concerns, answer questions, explain options and together, develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.

Yes! Vega Vitality uses multiple rewards programs for botox and dermal fillers through our pharmaceutical companies. Get the most out of your visit by signing up ahead of time or asking your provider for details at your next appointment.

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Meredith Gizmunt

Master Aesthetician

Meredith has 14 years of experience in the medical aesthetic field. She has worked with both plastic surgeons and dermatologists which has allowed her formulate a holistic and therapeutic approach. Meredith’s goal is to educate the patient about their best skin practices, for their individual needs. Each treatment is customized, and is focused on treating specific skin concerns. 

She understands that her patient’s skin types are different, and tailors each session to treating individual needs. Meredith appreciates that her patients are making an investment in their skincare by visiting her. She ensures her facials deliver effective results and works to build lasting relationships. Her signature “Party Peel” gave her a cult following, reviewed and recommended by Goop.

Marwa Osman

Brand and marketing director

Marwa Osman is a branding specialist with over 8 years of experience in the lifestyle industry. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. After graduating, Marwa quickly realized she not only loved shaping the messaging of a brand, but she enjoyed being invested in the journey of the small business. She is passionate about being involved in Vega Vitality’s growth. Marwa is an integral part of our team, and she is responsible for creating our newsletters, designing the website and managing our Instagram presence, etc. She loves the camaraderie of working alongside Vega Vitality’s team of intelligent and supportive women, and she enjoys getting to know Vega Vitality’s wonderful patients.

ABBY CUSHMAN, MS

VICE PRESIDENT of Operations

At Vega Vitality, we believe that wellness and beauty go hand in hand. For example, we not only offer a skin peel that can improve acne, but we also have a functional nutritionist available to assist with dietary changes that may address the root cause of the problem. The more we can improve our lifestyle through mindful eating, movement, and mediation, the better our skin and body will be.

For a decade, prior to starting at Vega Vitality, Abby was employed in grueling and intense roles in corporate America. After suffering from crippling ocular migraines, she decided that her health was too important to continue down that path. She left her job and took a year off to focus on her health and well-being. While on this journey she found Vega Vitality. She accepted an offer to join the team in 2017.

At Vega Vitality, Abby is responsible for day-to-day business operations, regulatory and legal compliance, and the financial and human relations aspects of the practice. She oversees short and long-term strategies, executes systems implementation, and consistently works to improve organizational behavior and operational efficiencies within the practice. Abby has supported CEO’s for over a decade, and she now works closely with Vega Vitality’s Founder, Ashley Hilmes, to ensure the practice runs seamlessly. She is grateful to be a part of team comprised of such intelligent and kind women.

Abby graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a MS in Leadership & Administration and cum laude from Regis College with a BA in Communication. She holds a certificate in The Science of Well-Being from Yale University. Before joining the Vega team, Abby worked at Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, athena health, Trinity, and Reebok International. Abby loves to travel, learn, read, volunteer, and spend time with her friends, family, and dog, Doodles.

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