SCLEROTHERAPY

Sclerotherapy effectively treats spider veins. It is often considered the treatment of choice for small veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. This causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into surrounding tissue and eventually fades. This treatment is carried out by our nurse prescriber and can be used to treat veins on the body.

Frequently asked questions

WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?

Sclerotherapy is a555 procedure used to eliminate thread veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution (generally a salt solution) directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and stick together and the blood to clot.

WHAT DOES SCLEROTHERAPY TREAT?

Sclerotherapy effectively treats thread and spider veins. It’s often considered the treatment of choice for these types of veins.

WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME AFTER SCLEROTHERAPY?

What is the recovery time for sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy patients can return to their regular daily activities as soon as the procedure is complete. If pain is present, it usually fades within just a few days. Mild bruising may occur and will heal completely in one to two weeks.

In the days after your treatment, you’ll see the dark tones of the vein begin fading. This is a gradual process over several weeks or months, depending on the severity of the vein build up. Progress will start immediately after the injection and work slowly until your next treatment, with each injection kick-starting the healing process.

Optimal results will happen after two to four treatments, with most patients achieving over 80% elimination of the targeted spider or varicose veins.

WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF THE TREATMENT?

20 – 40 % of patients see significant results after one treatment, with 60-80% percent seeing near-complete results after a series of treatments. Some veins that have been hardened for a long time may require additional treatments.

For large webs of spider veins or thicker thread veins, laser treatments or a combination of both treatments have shown good results.

HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?

The results of the treatment are permanent, with the veins being destroyed and absorbed back into the body. These veins won’t darken or return, but the treatment won’t stop new veins from growing. Your doctor can advise you on personal health steps to reduce the risk of varicose and spider veins, and the treatment can be repeated as needed to target new veins before they get bigger.

DOES SCLEROTHERAPY HURT?

Sclerotherapy usually produces some temporary discomfort. Patients should be aware that the procedure requires a needle, which may prompt anxiety in some people. Although the majority of patients do feel mild pain and bruising near the injection site, this fades within just a few days.

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED SCLEROTHERAPY?

We will likely schedule a follow-up visit about a month after the procedure to determine how well the procedure worked and if you need more sessions. Generally, you need to wait about six weeks before undergoing another sclerotherapy session.

This varies depending on the size of the veins and the extent of spider vein spreads. Most clients take two to four treatment sessions to get to 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. Sessions should be scheduled several weeks to a month apart to let the treatment work and ensure full healing before another injection.

SCLEROTHERAPY treatment summary

Treatment care

PRE-TREATMENT CARE

PRE-TREATMENT CARE

Avoid any sort of UV at least 30 days prior to treatment, includes sunbeds

Avoid using any self tanning products at least 14 days prior to treatment

Avoid hair removal in the area 30 days prior to treatment- including Electrolysis, Hair removal creams, Threading, Waxing, Plucking and throughout the entire treatment – shaving is permitted

 Avoid any chemical or glycolic peels at least 30 days prior to treatment

 Avoid Bleaching the hairs to be treated at least 30 days prior to treatment

Avoid Shaving 7 days prior to treatment

Avoid Gels, Deodorant, body lotions etc on the area 12 hours prior to treatment

Avoid retinol and AHA products at least 7 days prior to treatment

Avoid Asprin 48 hours prior to treatment

POST-TREATMENT CARE

POST-TREATMENT CARE

(UNLESS OTHERWISE ADVISED BY YOUR PRACTITIONER)

 

Avoid UV exposure 30 days after treatment

Avoid Touching the area

Avoid Fake tans during your treatment plan

 It is essential to use SPF30 for a minimum of 30 days after treatment

Avoid heat treatments for at least 48 hours after treatment

Avoid swimming and exercise for at least 48 hours after treatment

Avoid make up for at least 48 hours after treatment

Avoid picking or scratching the area or any other trauma

Apply Aloe Vera Gel to the area if required after treatment or a cold compress to cool the area

During hair removal treatments hair may continue to grow 1-2 weeks after treatment before falling out- you may shave the area 48 hours after treatment

Hair removal may be permanent, but we cannot guarantee total hair removal and results are variable from client to client, treatment does not carry back a money back guarantee

Laser and IPL does not treat any underlying medical conditions

Multiple treatments are required to achieve optimum results

There may be pain or tenderness in the area after treatment

Hyper or Hypo pigmentation may occur and will discolour after 6-18 months- UV exposure will make these worse

Hair will not fall out immediately this is a process for hair removal

Pigment may darken prior to improvement this is a normal reaction

Apply SPF minimum 30 in the treatment area regularly

If you experience any adverse side affects please contact us immediately.

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