Is vein therapy painful?

If you’ve been asked to undergo vein treatment, you might wonder if vein therapy is painful. Your specific vein treatment experience depends on the chosen minimally invasive vein treatment plan. Spider veins and varicose veins can be treated using numerous minimally invasive vein treatments, such as radiofrequency ablation, endovenous laser ablation, mechanochemical ablation, venaseal closure, and sclerotherapy.

In most cases, the unhealthy veins are closed using chemical, laser, or radiofrequency energy. The diseased vein is usually destroyed completely, or the vein walls are sealed shut, rerouting the accumulated blood into healthier leg veins. Regardless of the treatment, most patients say the experience is virtually pain-free, so you don’t need to worry about pain and discomfort.

Our vein doctors perform vein treatments in Long Island after administering topical anesthesia (numbing gel) or local anesthesia. Topical anesthesia involves applying a numbing cream on the skin, so you don’t feel pain when the vein doctor makes a small incision on the skin’s surface or inserts a needle. Local anesthesia is even more powerful, but you might feel a pinch.

Topical anesthesia and local anesthesia ensure you don’t feel any pain when the vein doctor makes a small incision on your skin. You might feel a little pressure on your skin, but there’s no pain. After entering your skin, the vein doctor may inject a sclerosant medicine into the unhealthy veins or deliver laser/ thermal energy to destroy the vein.

The vein doctor usually administers tumescent anesthesia, so you don’t feel discomfort. Veins don’t have nerve endings, so they can’t carry pain signals to your brain. However, some sclerosant medications may cause a mild burning sensation when they flow through your veins, but that sensation is mild and temporary.

Long Island Vein Treatment is a group of state-of-the-art medical centers for vein treatment in Long Island. Our vein doctors use cutting-edge techniques to ensure your vein treatments are perfectly safe, comfortable, and reliable — no pain, harsh side effects, or complications. You can find our centers for vein treatment in West Islip, Jericho, or Hampton Bays.

Please schedule an appointment to explore your spider vein and varicose vein treatments in Long Island.

Is vein therapy painful? How painful is laser vein treatment? What does sclerotherapy feel like? Do they numb you for sclerotherapy? We answer your questions about vein treatment in Long Island.

Are vein injections painful?

Vein injections, also known as sclerotherapy, aren’t usually painless. You might feel a little pinch when the sclerosant injection enters your skin, and you may experience a burning and cramping sensation when the sclerosant medicine flows through your spider veins. But these sensations are mild and temporary. Most patients describe the experience as being virtually pain-free.

How painful is laser vein treatment?

Laser vein treatment, also known as endovenous laser ablation, is a pain-free experience. The procedure usually starts with the application of a numbing gel on your skin’s surface so you don’t feel any pain. When the laser energy is channeled into your diseased vein, you might feel slight discomfort, but the sensation is mild.

What does sclerotherapy feel like?

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a sclerosant chemical solution into spider veins to fuse their walls shut, turning them into hardened scar tissues eventually metabolized by the body. You might feel a little pinch, like a mosquito bite, when the injection enters your skin. Since the sclerosant medicine is supposed to irritate your vein walls, you may experience mild stinging and burning sensations for a few seconds.

Do they numb you for sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is usually performed under topical anesthesia — the vein doctor will apply a numbing gel on your skin before the treatment. We don’t usually offer local anesthesia for sclerotherapy because that would involve two needles entering your skin — one to deliver the anesthetic and the other for the sclerosant. Most patients don’t need an anesthetic for a sclerotherapy session.

Is having varicose veins stripped painful?

Varicose vein stripping is a complex surgical procedure that involves removing the diseased vein through two large incisions on your legs — one on the groin and the other around the calves. Vein stripping is usually performed under general anesthesia, so you will be awake for the procedure and won’t feel anything. But vein stripping is considered outdated because minimally invasive vein treatments are safer, more effective, and more reliable.

How do you sleep after sclerotherapy?

You can sleep comfortably after sclerotherapy. You must wear compression stockings 24/7 for a few days after your sclerotherapy, including while sleeping. If you’re a light sleeper, the feeling of compression stockings may cause some discomfort while sleeping. But you can start taking your compression stockings off at night after a few days.

How long do legs hurt after sclerotherapy?

After sclerotherapy, you might experience mild discomfort and soreness in your legs for a few days. The aching sensation may last for up to two weeks. You can take pain medications to reduce discomfort, but most patients say the soreness is tolerable.

What should you not do before sclerotherapy?

Before your sclerotherapy session, you should avoid shaving your legs. You should also avoid applying lotions and skin products on your legs. Please wear a pair of shorts or loose-fitting clothes to your sclerotherapy appointment.

What should I avoid after sclerotherapy?

After sclerotherapy, you should avoid anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, hot compresses, hot baths, saunas, swimming, strenuous workouts, and heavy lifting. But you can resume most of your daily activities and work.

Minimally invasive spider vein and varicose vein treatments are usually pain-free and comfortable. Even if you experience mild soreness after the treatment, the sensation isn’t enough to negatively affect your daily life. Please schedule an appointment for your vein treatment in Long Island today.