Sclerotherapy Specialist

Ali Ahmad, MD -  - Family Medicine

The Medical Dock

Ali Ahmad, MD

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging Specialist located in Huntington Beach, CA

If unsightly varicose and spider veins make you feel less than beautiful, you don’t have to live that way. At The Medical Dock in Huntington Beach, California, Ali Ahmad, MD, uses innovative sclerotherapy to eliminate dark-colored veins once and for all. Call The Medical Dock to learn more about sclerotherapy or book an appointment online today.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What are spider and varicose veins?

Varicose and spider veins usually appear on your legs or face as:

  • Blue or dark purple veins
  • Twisted or bulging veins
  • Cords on your legs

These veins can cause aching, throbbing, burning, a heavy feeling, and itching. Spider veins are a milder version of varicose veins.


What causes varicose veins?

Some people are more prone to varicose and spider veins than others. Risk factors for developing these unsightly veins include:

  • Family history
  • Older age
  • Being sedentary
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Being pregnant
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Leg trauma

To lower your risk of developing varicose veins, achieve or maintain a healthy weight, stay active throughout the day, and avoid sitting or standing for long time periods. If you do develop varicose or spider veins, a simple solution is within reach.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. It involves injecting veins with a solution that causes them to scar. Blood gets rerouted through other veins, and the collapsed varicose veins fade away over time.

What should I expect during treatment?

At The Medical Dock, Dr. Ahmad reviews your medical history and examines your veins to determine if sclerotherapy is the best varicose vein treatment for your needs.

During the procedure, Dr. Ahmad injects a liquid chemical into veins to irritate them and cause scarring. Treatment is done right in the office without anesthesia and typically takes less than an hour. After sclerotherapy, Dr. Ahmad massages the area and wraps it with compression bandages. You can get up and walk around soon after the procedure.

What happens after sclerotherapy?

To optimize healing after treatment, Dr. Ahmad may ask you to wear compression stockings or bandages for about two weeks and avoid strenuous activity and sun exposure during that time.

Injected veins usually fade away over a period of several weeks or months depending on their size. You might require more than one treatment within six-week intervals to achieve optimal results. Sclerotherapy has a success rate of about 60-80% for existing varicose veins, but new veins can develop in the future. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle lowers your risk.

When you’re ready to eliminate varicose and spider veins to achieve more evenly-toned skin, schedule a sclerotherapy consultation with Dr. Ahmad at The Medical Dock or book an appointment online today.