|Results Can Last||4-6 weeks|
|Treatment Duration||30-60 minuts|
|Follow Up Appointment||4 Weeks|
* Information above should only be used as a approximate guideline
Sclerotherapy is a treatment that effectively treats spider thread veins (telengectasia) on the legs. The treatment involves injecting an irritant solution directly into the damaged veins. The sclerotherapy sloution causes the vein to reduce its blood flow and the vein collapses which is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades away. During this process the veins may go darker and gradually improve over a period of 4-6 weeks. In some cases may need more than one treatment session.
Why have Sclerotherapy ?
Sclerotherapy is often done for Cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins
This procedure can also improve symptons of :
How does Sclerotherapy work?
Depends upon the severity of your veins, Sclerotherapy treatment can take up to 30-minutes. When treating your legs you will be asked to lie down .Your leg will be cleaned and then the targeted vein will be injected with an sclerosing agent via a fine needle. During this process the spider veins will immediatley reacted to the agent by disappearing and then return slightly darker. This means the damaged vein has been coated with the sclerosing agent, causing the vein to seal shut and over a period of time will begin to be reabsorbed and the veins will go lighter. You may need more than one session with the average being 3- 6 sessions spaced over a prriod of time.
Sclerosing agents commonly used for Sclerotherapy are
Sodium tetradecyl Sulfate
After a full medical consultation and to ensure your suitability , an appointment will be made for you to return to the clinic for the procedure. After consent to the treatment and a photo of the veins has been been taken , Your treated areas will be cleansed and the sclerosong agent will be injectied into the spider veins. The treatment is relatively pain free and comfortable. Once completed you will have compression socks or stocking applied.
Possible risks and side effects
During the sclerotherapy treatment , you may experience minor cramping, stinging or burning in the injected vein . The procedure may be unconfortable if the sclerosing agent leaks into the surrounding tissues.
Common side effects may occur at the injection site such as :
Raised red areas
Multiple tiny red blood vessels
Small skin sores
These common side effects generally subside over a few days,. Any brown skin discolouation that develop near the treatment area , these normally take up to 3-6 months to diasappear. In some cases this side effect may last longer or even pernament. In the majority of cases these dark spots do fade.
Side effects that may require further treatment
Inflammation . this is generally mild but may cause swelling and you may be advised to take an over the counter pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation.
Blood Clot . This is very rare when treating spider veins . It is a lump of clotted blood may form in the treated vein that may require further treatment. Rarely, a blood clot that forms will travel to a deeper vein in your leg, known as a Deep Vein Thrombosis .
The Deep vein thrombosis will cause you pain, swelling of your leg and difficulty in putting pressure on foot when walking. This requires immediate medical treatment, does carry a risk of a Pulmonary Embolism which is when a blood clot reaches the lungs. Any shortness of breath, pain in chest or coughing up blood streaked sputum please call 999
Ulceration of the skin around the injection site
Allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent
There is little downtime associated with Sclerotherapy. and you may resume normal activities straight away.
Wear the compression stocking for 5 days. Individual advice will be given on day of treatment
Avoid strenous activities such as the gym or swimming immediately after treatment. May resume after a week
Try not to stand for long periods
Raise legs up when sitting
Advised not to fly for 2 weeks
A follow up appointment after 4 weeks . However any concerns please call the clinic.
If have Larger Varicose veins, then will be referred to a Vascular Surgeon
Treatment result may vary from person to person.
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