- Cosmetic reasons. Sclerotherapy improves the appearance of varicose and spider veins.
- To treat varicose veins (also known as chronic venous insufficiency), and related disorders such as weakened vein valves, swellings, rashes, painful veins.
- Treats malformed lymph vessels
- Treatment of hemorrhoids, and associated symptoms
- Treatment of hydroceles. This is an unhealthy development of fluid in a body cavity. Hydroceles are common in the testicles.
- Sclerotherapy should be considered when the skin legs or feet are patchy or dry, and when your legs are sore or feel heavy.
- It can be useful in reducing aching and night cramps.
- Small skin sours
- Skin reddening
- Skin darkening in form of lines or spots
- Multiple tiny red blood vessels
- Air Bubbles.
- Blood Clot.
- Allergic Reaction.
- Your doctor examines the involved veins
- The doctor checks for any underlying blood vessel disorder
- Recent health disorder or existing medical condition, (a heart condition or a history of blood clots).
- Previous treatment for varicose veins and its results
- Medication or supplements you take especially aspirin, ibuprofen(Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox Ds), blood thinners, iron supplements, or herbal supplements.
- Don’t or apply any lotion to your legs. (Even after the procedure, avoid sharing or applying lotion until the injection site is healed).
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment
- You may wear a pair of shorts, so that your legs may be exposed.
- Done in the doctor’s room
- Requires no anesthesia
- Duration is 30 – 60 minutes
- Performed by a physician
- You may return home the same day
- Possible to resume normal activities the same day.
During the Procedure:
- You will lie on your back with your legs slightly raised
- The treated area will be cleansed with alcohol and insert a small needle into the vein
- Your doctor will inject an irritative solution into your vein. (You may feel a burning or tingling sensation or nothing at all).
- After the injection, the doctor will massage the area to prevent blood from re-entering the vein.
- You‘ll wear a pad or compression stockings in the area.
After the Procedure:
- You’ll be able to get up and walk around after the procedure (walking and moving your legs prevents the fountain of blood clots, therefore of great importance to avoid complications).
- You’ll be asked to wear compression stockings or bandages (usually on the treated vein.
- You may likely return home and may resume your normal activities the same day.
- It is recommended that someone should drive you home after the procedure
- Your doctor may advise you to avoid strenuous exercises for 2 weeks after the procedure
- You should also avoid sun exposure to the treated areas. Sun exposure can lead to dark spots on your skin.
- For the treatment of small varicose veins or spider veins, expect to see results in 3 – 6 weeks.
- Larger veins may require 3 – 4 months.
- Your doctor will schedule a follow-up visit about one month after the procedure to evaluate the success of the procedure and if you need more sessions.
- Generally, there must be a six-week interval before undergoing another sclerotherapy session.
Sclerotherapy does NOT worsen existing veins or cause more spider veins to form.
- What happens if you don’t wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy?
This usually occurs 2 -4 weeks after treatment and may take several months to resolve. Politics: Lack of compression increases the chances that the blood might accumulate in a partially collapsed vein and form a blood clot. This can lead to swelling, inflammation, and pain requiring further medical treatment.
- Which is better sclerotherapy or laser?
As laser therapy is more painful, it takes much longer to treat spider veins and therefore fewer veins may be treated in a single session, as compared with the use of sclerotherapy. This means that sclerotherapy can provide optimal results for spider vein removal with less time and treatment sessions.
- How much does sclerotherapy cost?
The average cost of spider vein treatment (sclerotherapy) is $343 and the average cost of laser treatment for leg veins is $443, according to 2019 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- How many times can you have sclerotherapy?
This varies depending on the size of the veins and the extent of spider vein spreads. Most clients take 2 -4 treatment sessions to get near-complete results. While complete elimination of the veins is not guaranteed, most clients will see significant improvement in the weeks after the first treatment.