Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and "spider veins". Sclerotherapy involves the injecting of sclerosing solution directly into the varicose vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell, stick together, and the blood to thicken. Over several weeks, the vessel turns into scar tissue that is absorbed, eventually becoming barely noticeable or invisible. A single vessel may require more than one injection, some weeks or months apart, depending on is size. Many vessels, however, can be treated at the same time. Mild discomfort may occur, and a cramping sensation may be felt for 1 to 2 minutes when larger varicose veins are injected. The sclerotherapy procedure itself takes about 30 to 45 minutes. After several treatments, most patients can expect a 50-90% improvement. However, fading is gradual, usually over several months. While most spider veins are successfully treated, new veins may appear in the same general area.
Treatment tips prior to the procedure:
Avoid the use of moisturizers on the legs for 24 hours prior to the procedure.
Do NOT shave your legs for 48 hours prior to the procedure.
Wear comfortable, loose fitting, clothing on the day of the procedure.
Circle your worst veins with a ball point pen.
Treatment tips after the procedure:
Avoid heat, prolonged sitting or standing, or strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours after treatment.
Compression is helpful following the procedure. We will wrap the areas with ace bandages, but best results are obtained when fitted support hosiery is worn almost continuously for the first 48 hours and as much as possible for the first three weeks following the procedure.
Speed up recovery after 48 hours by walking and exercising regularly.
Please call the office if you have any of the following:
-Non-healing crusted sites
-An elevated bluish area that appears to be filled with blood
-A firm, tender, red area
-Any site that oozes purulent material