Sclerotherapy treatment at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists

Hand Vein Treatment
In Traverse City & Cadillac, MI

Hand Vein Treatment

As our skin thins with age, some of the veins and tendons that become more obvious on the backs of the hands are inevitable. Our production of collagen declines by one additional percentage point every year after we hit the age of 20, so by the time we are in our 50s and above, the declining skin support on the backs of the hands really allows the veins to show. It doesn’t help that they are purple or dark blue because they are carrying deoxygenated blood back to the heart from the hands and fingers.

Northern Michigan Vein Specialists provides the following hand and facial vein treatment:

  • Hand Microphlebectomy
  • Hand Microphlebectomy with Sclerotherapy
  • Facial Sclerotherapy
  • Facial Phlebectomy

What Is Microphlebectomy?

In a microphlebectomy, We remove the bugling vein section by section through a series of tiny holes. After numbing the vein(s) and the surrounding tissue, We make a series of tiny punctures down the line of the targeted vein. He then goes in with a special hook-like instrument through the tiny holes and pulls out pieces of the vein.

This is repeated until the visible portion of the vein is fully removed. The micro-punctures used are so small that they do not require stitches and show up as just a series of dots for a few weeks before fully vanishing. Patients have no downtime after microphlebectomy.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy a treatment that involves the injection of a sclerosing agent indicated to treat uncomplicated veins. We inject the medication into the target veins, which causes irritation and scarring of the treated veins, causing them to close down. Your body will then absorb those veins over time and will automatically direct the blood flow to healthy veins.

Are Microphlebectomy Procedures Painful?

During a microphlebectomy procedure, an anesthetic solution used. This solution is injected to numb and compress the vein(s) that will be removed. Therefore there is no pain during the procedure.

Sclerotherapy involves the use of a needle and syringe to inject the sclerosis agent into the bulging vein(s). The solutions work by causing the veins to shrink, close off, and gradually disappear.

Post-procedure you may experience mild soreness which can be relieved by taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

MEET Dr. Brian Heeringa, Board Certified

Dr. Heeringa is a Board certified General Surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He and his team treat a broad spectrum of venous conditions ranging from spider veins to varicose veins to venous ulcers and everything in between. We also offer DVT risk assessment and can help manage post thrombotic syndrome. Call today to find out how our team can help you.

Are Results From Microphlebectomies Permanent?

Yes. These veins are permanently removed.

How Long Treatment Can Take?

A hand Microphlebectomy/Sclerotherapy usually take 45 minutes.

Are There Any Restrictions On My Activity?

A compression hand glove will be required to wear for 1-2 weeks except during showering. This glove will be provided to you at no charge. A 10-day post-op visit will be required.

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