What is sclerotherapy and how can this treatment help New Orleans patients?By Dr. Mary Lupo
Sclerotherapy is an injection treatment that targets spider veins and varicose veins. A medication is introduced into the veins, which causes them to close and fade away. The blood that circulates through those veins will redirect to healthier veins deeper in the leg. Agents such as polidocanol, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, and saline are common ingredients in sclerotherapy injections.
The treatment is relatively simple and does not take very long. In fact, most appointments last less than 30 minutes. Patients do not require anesthesia due to the small size of the needles, and little pain and discomfort is felt during the injections. Patients may feel some stinging sensations immediately after the injection, but it is not long-term. Bandages are applied afterwards and patients are encouraged to wear compression socks or support hose for a few days, and should walk to encourage recirculation.
The treatment is non-invasive and is done at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology as an outpatient procedure. Patients may need more than one treatment depending on the size and depth of the veins addressed, and this is discussed during the consultation visit before the procedure is performed. Patients are educated on what to expect before, during, and after their treatment, and are encouraged to ask any questions if there are concerns or misunderstandings.
New Orleans patients visiting Dr. Mary Lupo can learn more about the benefits of sclerotherapy during an initial consultation visit at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology. Patients are encouraged to contact her at (504) 777-3047 to schedule a visit and find out if their problematic veins can be addressed with this fast, simple, and effective treatment.
Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.
Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.