Sclerotherapy treatment is used to get rid of spider and varicose veins. Treatment involves a salt based solution injected straight into the affected veins. This solution disrupts the blood vessel lining, which is called endothelium. The damage this deliberately causes means that the wall of the veins collapse. The collapsed veins gradually dissolve and your body will naturally absorb them.
Treating veins in the early stages is important because it can stop the condition from getting worse and it can also save you from spending money on expensive treatments for severe forms of spider and varicoses veins.
In nearly all cases, the salt solution is inserted through a tiny needle straight into the vein. You may feel some mild cramping and discomfort for a couple of minutes, particularly when larger veins have been injected. The sclerotherapy treatment generally takes between 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
The number of veins injected in one sitting all depends on the medical condition of the individual and the location and size of the veins. Sclerotherapy is administered by Dr Saras & Co’s expert skin therapists at our clinics in the Sydney area.
When you undergo sclerotherapy treatment, you can expect to receive several injections directly into the troublesome veins. We will make sure that you are in a comfortbale position before administering fine needles into the veins.
While this is not painless, any discomfort you do experience should be minimal. The number of injections will vary depending on how many you are having treated and this will be discussed with a professional beforehand.
After the Procedure
It is normal for the injection site to be red immediately after receiving sclerotherapy treatment. It can also look slightly swollen or inflamed. Some bruising is common too. But, this will diminish within a few hours of the procedure.
Some spider veins may look darker at first. But, this will gradually subside at the treatment gets to work and your body naturally absorbs the veins. A brown staining may occur around the injection site too, but this normally resolves itself with time.
After sclerotherapy, you will be able to return to your normal daily activities pretty quickly. All you have to do is rest for several minutes and then you will be free to leave the clinic for a 20-30 minute walk. There is minimal downtime associated with the procedure, which means you can return to work and your normal routine. But, you should try to keep your leg elevated as much as possible for 24 hours, as well as avoiding excessive periods of standing. It may be recommended that you wear compression stocking after the treatment session, but a professional will advise you how long these should be worn for.
Potential candidates are individuals who have upsetting spider or varicose veins in the legs and individuals who are in good health. If you have ever had a blood clot, your eligibility will depend on why the blood clot materialised and on the health of the area that needs treatment.
If you are pregnant you are not a candidate for sclerotherapy.
A thorough consultation is performed prior to treatment for us to discuss your particular concerns and treatment options and decide if you’re a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
If you are a good candidate, we will administer a venous mapping on your legs and put together a personalised treatment plan for you.
•The choice of the chemical sclerosing agent depend on the size of the vessel.
•Small superficial vessels are often eliminated for cosmetic reasons.
•Correcting vessels can improve the symptoms of venous insufficiency.
What to Do Before the Procedure
Before your sclerotherapy appointment, you should stay away from certain medications. During the consultation, you will be asked if you are currently taking any over the counter medication including supplements and herbs. No moisturisers should be applied to the legs before the procedure.