What is sclerotherapy?
Are you one of the 20% of adults affected by damaged or unsightly veins? Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure commonly used to treat varicose and spider veins. It is a minimally invasive treatment that can ease the symptoms of itching, cramping, discolouration and pain associated with damaged veins.
Almost all areas where visible veins can be seen can be treated with sclerotherapy.
It is typically used for spider veins and varicose veins in the legs or upper thighs. This treatment is also suitable for the spider veins that can sometimes be seen on the sides of the nose and feet.
The site around the veins and the surrounding skin is thoroughly cleaned, while the sclerosant medication is prepared for injection.
Using a strictly aseptic technique, to minimise the risk of infection, as well as a specialist magnifier and light, the medication is injected directly into the vein and compression is applied immediately.
The skin is again thoroughly cleaned and compression stockings are applied.
The results are cumulative and start to appear after the first treatment.
Review is conducted 3 weeks post-procedure or sooner if needed, and repeat treatment is at 5-6 week intervals.
Each damaged vein typically requires a minimum of 2 or 3 rounds of treatment. Some stubborn veins may require further treatment rounds before complete resolution.
When resolution has been achieved, results generally last for several years. There is a small possibility for recurrence of the varicose veins in the future.
Once injected, the sclerosant travels along the vein causing the walls to collapse. The collapsed veins are then reabsorbed into the body, removing the damaged vein.
Sclerotherapy can be used in combination with vascular lasers to bring about the best treatment outcomes.
Complications can occur on rare occasions as a result of inadequate compression following treatment. It is advised that compression of the treated area be maintained for at least two weeks following each treatment. Some possible complications include brown staining of the treated vessels, as well as infection or ulcers around the injection sites.
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