Sclerotherapy is a treatment designed to improve the appearance of varicose veins.
Sclerosing agents are injected into the vein with a fine, thin needle to alter the appearance of spider veins and small varicose veins which can appear in the legs and other places on your body,
While varicose and spider veins are harmless, they may cause you to feel self-conscious, particularly in the areas where they’re most visible.
How does Sclerotherapy work?
The sclerosant injected into the vein during sclerotherapy damages the vein’s internal lining which causes a blood clot in the targeted vein. This prevents blood from reentering the vein and it will eventually disappear.
Within two to eight weeks of the treatment, the vein will fade. However, some veins may require additional treatment in order to completely diminish the vein’s appearance.
Not only does sclerotherapy reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins, it can relieve related symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and cramping too.
The most common areas of treatment are legs and feet.
What to expect after Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy requires little to no recovery time so you can go back to normal activity straight afterwards. It’s important to stay active to avoid the chance of blood clots but, it’s recommended that strenuous or vigorous activity and exposure of the treated area to sun is avoided for a couple of days after treatment.
What are the benefits of Sclerotherapy?
Benefits of sclerotherapy include:
- Treatments take between 15-45 minutes
- Relatively painless
- Less expensive than surgical procedures but just as effective
- Minimally invasive – requires no hospitalisation or general anaesthesia #
- Low recovery time
- Safe procedure with few risks
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