Treating Leg Veins with Sclerotherapy

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Problematic veins in the legs can be very painful and unsightly. At times, people shy away from visiting a doctor and discussing the problem because they think that the solution is going to be long, invasive, and require surgery. And while every single case is different, many individuals who are dealing with spider veins in their legs have been able to find relief by using sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that has been used since the 1930s to deal with leg veins. The principles behind the therapy are very simple. A special solution is injected into the vein that is going to be treated. The injection of the solution irritates the lining of the vein. As a result, it starts to swell, and it will eventually close up. Blood will clot in the area. When this happens, the pain, irritation, and unsightly appearance of the vein disappear.

As with all medical procedures, prior to having sclerotherapy performed, you will need to consult with the medical professional who is going to be doing the procedure. Before they start the procedure, they’re going to want to examine you. They will want to make sure that you meet the minimum qualifications that would allow you to be a good candidate for this procedure.

Most medical professionals are reluctant to perform this procedure on any blood vessel that could be used in a heart bypass surgery in the future. The only exception would be if it was clear that the vein had been damaged to the point where it was no longer a viable option for use if the need arose in the future.

When people hear about sclerotherapy, they think that it is this complicated, drawn-out procedure. However, the truth is the entire procedure is quick, and only minimal discomfort is involved. As the injected solution comes into contact with the vein and as the vein becomes irritated, you’re going to feel some discomfort. However, this is usually very well-tolerated by patients.

The number of veins that can be treated at the same time is going to vary depending on the location of the treated veins and their size. This can be determined during a consultation at our office.

If you are sick and tired of your leg veins, consider sclerotherapy at Nuance Aesthetics in Salt Lake City. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about what this procedure can do for you.

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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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