What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy - medical procedures that eliminate spider veins and varicose veins on face, hands, breasts, legs, chest and other areas. Sclerotherapy is a series of small injections of a specialized solution directly into the vein, to help seal the vein from the inside allowing the body to naturally redirect blood flow to healthy veins. The painless sclerosing solution causes the veins to shrink, stick together, close off and eventually disappear.
Use since the 1930’s, Sclerotherapy has become a proven procedure. It is most often used to treat veins near the surface of the skin, such as smaller varicose veins or spider veins. Although two to three treatments are often needed, the results are long-lasting. After sclerotherapy treatment, you will need to elevate your legs for a short time.
Advantages of Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment include:
- No downtime
- Fewer allergic reactions
- Long-lasting results
- Less likely to stain skin
- Low risk of any scarring
Candidates for Sclerotherapy
Patients receive an initial consultation with our vein specialist to decide if they are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Veins that are potentially usable for future heart bypass surgery will generally not be considered for sclerotherapy, unless they are already deemed unusable.
If you're not a candidate for Sclero
You may have another option of trying laser spider vein removal, such as facial vein treatment through IPL laser or lamprobe radiofrequency.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How is Sclerotherapy performed?
A: Sclerotherapy is performed with injections from a very small needle into the vein. The number of veins treated varies, depending on the patient’s medical condition, and the location of the tiny veins. Sclero therapy is performed in a doctor’s office by a physician, physician’s assistant or registered nurse. Treatment usually takes about 30 minutes and requires moderate downtime. Patients are advised to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks minimally after treatment.
Q: Does sclerotherapy hurt?
A: The injections feel like a slight pinch, but are not painful.
Q: How should I prepare for sclerotherapy?
A: Patients should avoid taking certain medications including over the counter drugs (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory drugs), dietary supplements, herbs and antibiotics. Patients should not be wearing lotion or tanners and cannot tan or have direct sun-exposure for 6 weeks post-treatment
Q: How successful is sclerotherapy?
A: Sclerotherapy has an 80% success rate. Spider veins, however, usually disappear.
Q: What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?
A: Sclerotherapy treats spider and varicose veins and improves overall health with minimal downtime and long lasting to permanent results. Most patients do not scar and there are few allergic reactions noted. Results may vary.
Q: Can sclerotherapy be performed on all skin types?
Q: What are the potential side effects of sclerotherapy?
A: Mild side effects include itching and redness which can last up to 2 days. Bruising may also occur and can last up to a few weeks. More serious but rare side effects include brown spots, large veins becoming hard or lumpy for a few months and Neovascularization. Since vein disease is progressive, we suggest follow up appointments after the treatment.
Other Sclerotherapy Side Effects Include:
- Bigger veins that are injected may become hard or lumpy and require months to fade and dissolve.
- Spots or brown lines may appear at the vein injections site. Usually, they will fade away within 3 to 6 months, but some marks can last a lot longer time.
- Neovascularization is a development of small blood vessels that may occur at the sclerotherapy treatment site. These small off-shoot veins may show weeks or months after a treatment, but usually disappear within 3 months to a year, often a second but smaller (clean-up) treatment can be needed.
- Because vein disease is progressive and has no cure, we recommend regular follow-up visits after every type of treatment.