Lawrence Matt, MD
Dermatologist located in Los Angeles, CA
Varicose veins can be unattractive and even painful, but fortunately, treating them can be a simple, straightforward procedure. Dr. Lawrence Matt provides sclerotherapy treatments to help patients in and around Santa Monica, CA, get rid of varicose veins once and for all.
Sclerotherapy Q & A
What causes varicose veins?
Our blood vessels contain little valves that open and close, helping promote blood flow throughout the body. Sometimes, these little valves begin to malfunction, allowing blood to flow backwards and pool inside the vessels. As a result, vessels begin to appear purplish or swollen and may also itch, burn, sting or even cause achiness of fatigue in the legs.
What is the sclerotherapy procedure like?
Sclerotherapy uses injections of a special chemical substance to scar the inside lining of varicose veins, causing them to close and preventing blood from flowing through them. Instead, blood is diverted to other neighboring veins. At the beginning of the procedure, your veins will be marked to indicate injection locations. Using a thin needle, the sclerosing solution is injected into the vein in multiple locations as needed and depending on the size of the affected area. Most patients feel little to no discomfort during the procedure, which can take from about 20 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area being treated.
What is the recovery like?
After sclerotherapy, compression bandages are used to speed healing and prevent swelling, and support hose may also be recommended for use once the bandages are removed. Swelling and bruising are common following treatment and resolve within a few days; elevating the leg may help reduce swelling. While moderate exercise may be recommended to increase circulation and aid in healing, heavy exercise is usually restricted until healing is complete. You'll be able to return to work immediately following your procedure.
Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
Most people with varicose veins are very good candidates for sclerotherapy. Ideal candidates are non-smokers in good general health who don't have a major vascular system disease and who aren't pregnant or nursing.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most major insurance plans, as well as entertainment insurers, DGA (Director's Guild of America) and AFTRA Health Fund.
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Words from our patients
"He's been terrific about seeing my son on short notice, being super helpful with suggesting the best options available to treat his condition"
"He's a very loyal and trusting doctor. Whenever I've had a skin issue, he and his staff get me in right away and always take great care of me."
"He is lovely and he makes you feel that you are his only patient. Plus, he's located in the heart of Santa Monica."