A Clear Look into Sclerotherapy

A Clear Look into Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure that can permanently remove spider and varicose veins. It involves your doctor injecting a chemical solution into the affected veins that breaks down the inner lining of your veins and forms a scar. Your Prime MediSpa doctor will mostly recommend sclerotherapy if you have small veins. But the treatment can also treat larger veins. Sclerotherapy involves quick recovery, but you may take weeks or months to see results. You may need several sclerotherapy treatments to achieve desired outcomes. Sclerotherapy can improve the appearance of your veins and relieve varicose and spider veins symptoms like swelling and aching.

How do you prepare for sclerotherapy?

If you are taking antibiotics like tetracycline, your specialist may recommend you stop taking them ten days before and after sclerotherapy. The medications can make your skin stain. Do not take aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs forty-eight hours before and after treatment. These medicines can cause more bleeding. You cannot have sclerotherapy if you have an active deep vein thrombosis, are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are unable to get out of bed. Your doctor will also suggest you do not apply lotion on your legs before and after sclerotherapy.

What happens during sclerotherapy treatment?

You will have sclerotherapy treatment in your doctor’s office. The provider may use an ultrasound to identify the affected vein. Depending on the location of the affected vein, your doctor may recommend you lie on your back or stomach. The doctor will select the right chemical and concentration based on the size of your damaged vein.

Your specialist will clean the affected area. Your doctor’s assistant will stretch your skin around the injection site, and the specialist will inject the chemical solution directly into the damaged vein. You will feel mild burning and discomfort while the injections get into your vein. If you have large veins, you may experience cramping. Your doctor can treat several veins in one session, depending on the size and location of your veins and overall health.

What happens after sclerotherapy treatment?

After a sclerotherapy treatment, your doctor will monitor you for about fifteen minutes to ensure you do not react negatively to the chemical injected. You can diver yourself home after treatment and resume regular activities. Your doctor will suggest you wear support stockings for three to seven days to compress the treated veins. Do not take hot showers or sit in a sauna for forty-eight hours after sclerotherapy. Use cooler water than normal while taking showers. Clean the injection sites with mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid direct sunlight exposure.

How long will it take to see sclerotherapy results?

Sclerotherapy works best for smaller veins. A session eliminates about fifty to eight percent of injected veins in most patients. If you have spider veins, you may take three to six weeks to see results and three to four months for larger veins. If your veins reappear, your doctor may try different solutions or other treatment techniques.

Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that eliminates spider and varicose veins. It involves your specialist injecting a chemical solution into the damaged veins, making them collapse and form a scar. Schedule an appointment at Prime Medi Spa for sclerotherapy treatment to eliminate your varicose and spider veins.

Jacques Bedard