Sclerotherapy Vein Treatments
Millions of women are bothered by varicose and spider veins – those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves and ankles. It’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to reduce varicose and spider veins.*
Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure and has been in use since the 1930s.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy, is a well-proven medical procedure that has been in use since the 1930s and
it used to reduce varicose veins and spider veins.*
What can I expect during sclerotherapy?
A typical sclerotherapy treatment lasts about 15 to 45 minutes and is relatively pain free.
At the beginning of your treatment, your LHCP will explain the procedure to you and the
type of results you can expect. During the treatment, you may feel slight needle pricks
and a mild sensation as the solution is injected into the vein. However, this sensation
is relatively mild as the needle is so thin and the solution is diluted that the pain is
usually inconsequential. Once the treatment is complete a cotton ball will be applied and
compression tape to the treatment area. You will be asked to wear tight-fitting
compression hose for several days following treatment. The compression hose will help speed the healing process.
How should I prepare for my Sclerotherapy treatment?
Prior to Sclerotherapy treatments, you should avoid certain medications. Talk to your
license health care provider about all medicines (including over-the-counter drugs,
herbs and dietary supplements) you are taking before the procedure. It may be recommended
that you avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (for example, Advil, Motrin and Nuprin) or other
anti-inflammatory medications for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy. No lotion
should be applied to the legs before the procedure (tape will not stick) and it is best to wear shorts to the procedure.
Who should consider Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment?
Men and women of any age can benefit from sclerotherapy treatment. Spider veins, which are
small clusters of thin veins just under the surface of the skin, can appear and be treated
at any age. Most commonly, people in their late 20’s and beyond seek treatment for this condition.
What are the complications of Sclerotherapy?
The most common complication is a minor skin irritation or itching at the injection
site from the sclerosing agent. As with any injection, there is always a risk of infection
or allergic reaction which are both extremely rare. Hyperpigmentation or staining of
the skin called hemosiderin staining can occur but goes away without further treatment.
Is Sclerotherapy safe?
Sclerotherapy is a very safe and common treatment for spider veins.*
How long will it take to recover from Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, gentle procedure with minimal down time.
Most people are able to return to work and resume most activities shortly following
treatment. You will be asked to wear compression hose for several days following the
procedure. The compression hose help protect again blood clots and speed the healing process.*
In the days following treatment, veins may actually appear darker and more prominent
than they did before the injection. This is completely normal and part of the healing
process. As your body continues to heal, the veins will begin to lighten. Generally
two or more sessions, at least one month apart, are needed to achieve the desired results.
Will I experience any discomfort during the Sclerotherapy?
Most patients are pleased with the difference sclerotherapy makes. The skin of your legs will
appear younger, clearer and more healthy-looking. Although sclerotherapy will obliterate the
noticeable veins for good, it’s important to remember that treatment will not prevent new
spider veins from emerging in the future.*
Bruising and discoloration should disappear within two weeks or so of your sclerotherapy
procedure. You will be encouraged to walk to prevent clots from forming in the deep veins
of the legs. During your treatment program, prolonged sitting and standing should be avoided,
as should squatting, heavy weight lifting and “pounding” type exercises, including jogging.
What happens to the sclerosed “feeder” veins? Don’t I need those veins?
You have hundreds of healthy veins in your legs that have already taken over the functions
of the unhealthy veins that we sclerose. We treat only the veins that have dilated
and are creating spider veins or are painful. These dilated veins are not functioning
properly and are actually refluxing or flowing in the wrong direction.
Are there any alternative treatments for spider veins?
Yes. Laser treatments can be effective. In many cases, Sclerotherapy vein treatment
may be performed in conjunction with laser treatment for optimal results.
Will my spider veins come back?
It is natural during the course of treatment for some “new” spider veins to grow.
Don’t be discouraged, for some individuals this is an inevitable part of the treatment process.
We treat them with sclerotherapy and or laser treatment. Since we focus on reducing
the “feeder veins” later recurrences of spider veins are minimized. Some
individuals may need occasional “touch up” treatments 2-5 years after completion of their initial sclerotherapy.
How many treatments does it take for my spider veins to go away?
Spider vein treatment is a process. Spider veins do not appear overnight and they do not go away overnight unfortunately. The average person needs between 3-6, 30 minute treatments to get the cosmetic results desired. Treatments can be scheduled as soon as 3 weeks apart. We recommend 3-6 weeks between treatments.*
*Results for each patient will vary. Please remember that the information provided will not guarantee your eligibility for treatment. Consultation and medical examination must be completed before approval.