HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. It involves an injection of a special chemical (sclerosant) solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and stick together and the blood to clot. After the injection of sclerosant is given, pressure is applied over the veins to prevent blood return when you stand up. You may need to wear compression stockings for several days or weeks to maintain the pressure.
Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. It will come back once successful treatment is attained. Two weeks interval is the ideal treatment schedule, but may vary as per doctor's advise. It takes an average of 3-4 sessions. Many patients are treated after 1-2 sessions only, while some takes more than the usual. Patients normally see improvements after every single visit.
Visible spider veins or Telangiectasias (leg veins & facial veins) affect millions of people all over the world. These small, dilated blood vessels are often red or purple in colour and can present themselves as strands, branches or clusters visible at the skin’s surface.
Some of the causes are hereditary, lots of standing (if you work as a nurses, hair stylist, teacher, sales man/lady, and factory workers), obesity, use of birth control pills, and hormonal influences of pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.
At Rejuvenus Clinic, we are dedicated to delivering the best service to our patients.
Here is a list of our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any other questions or concerns, our experts will provide you will all the information you need.
How is Sclerotherapy one?
Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment performed in the office. Using a fine needle, our specialists inject the sclerotherapy solution directly into the treated vein. The solution works by irritating the lining of veins, causing them to collapse. This renders the treated vein dysfunctional, causing blood to travel through a different blood vessel. Over time, this results in the body absorbing any veins treated with the injection. After a few weeks or so, they disappear entirely.
What can I expect from Sclerotherapy Recovery?
Most patients can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment, though it is suggested to have a friend or family member take you home post procedure in case you have any lasting discomfort in your legs. You may experience minor side effects such as swelling, bruising, redness, irritation, or itching at the injection site.
How will I know if I am a candidate for Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an effective method of spider vein removal and can be performed on patients of all skin types and tones. However, it is worth noting that those with deeper skin tones may experience hyperpigmentation where the tiny needle entered the skin, which could be permanent. However, the appearance of that discoloration could be improved by certain energy-based treatments; ask our specialist for more information if hyperpigmentation is a concern.
How many treatments will I need to achieve the desired results?
Most patients only require one treatment, though multiple treatments (monthly or annually) may be needed to achieve optimal improvements to your spider veins.
What to do before sclerotherapy?
To best prepare for this form of spider vein removal, it may be necessary to discontinue the use of blood-thinning medications, including fish oil and herbal supplements. You may also be advised to avoid certain pain relievers, such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, as well as alcohol consumption ahead of your procedure. Your general practitioner will best be able to guide you before you have your spider veins treated.
How successful is sclerotherapy in treating variscose and spider veins?
When performed by a skilled and experienced provider like our experts this treatment can be quite effective in resolving the appearance of spider veins and small varicose veins. The results are permanent, though new spider veins are likely to appear as you age, which may cause you to seek further treatment.