Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure for treating spider veins and varicose veins. It involves injecting chemicals-, known as sclerosing agents, directly into the varicose or spider vein. The sclerosing agent causes the walls of the injected vein to seal off, and your blood is redirected to unaffected veins. With time, your body absorbs the damaged vein, making it less visible and uncomfortable.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted blood vessels that are common in the legs. It can cause itching, pain, cramping, and discoloration in the affected area. Spider veins are threadlike red lines or patterns on the skin caused by widened venules.
Varicose or spider veins can form in the following area:
Varicose and spider veins, tend to fade within a few weeks after Sclerotherapy, occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. We recommend multiple treatments in severe cases.
The Varicose and Spider veins are more common in women. Around 25 percent of all adults have varicose veins.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers are not eligible for this treatment. People with certain medical condItion are also not eligible for this, you need a vascular medicine specialist or dermatologist to check your eligibility.
How To Prepare For Sclerotherapy.
- Don’t apply any Lotions to your legs before the procedure.
- Don’t shave your legs before your appointment.
- Wear shorts for the procedure, so that your legs will be exposed.
- Take compression socks along with you, when going for the procedure.
- Tell your doctor about any health condition you have before the procedure.
- Don’t take medications like Ibuprofen and Aspirin before your appointment.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
- It enhances the appearance of your legs.
- It relieves pains and other symptoms linked to varicose or spider veins.
- Reduces spider veins visibility.
- Sclerotherapy will help increase your wardrobe options.
- It improves your confidence.
What To Do After Sclerotherapy
To achieve the best results, it is important to obey the Dos and the Don’ts.
- Wear compression socks for at least two weeks after your treatment.
- Take only acetaminophen-based pain medicine, for any pain or discomfort caused by the procedure.
- Stay active after treatment, to prevent blood clots. You can resume your daily activities.
- Don’t apply Lotions on your legs until the injection site is healed.
- Suspended aerobic activities for some days.
- Stay away from hot baths, saunas, and swimming pools for a couple of days after your sclerotherapy.
- Avoid direct exposure to direct sunlight ( including sun tanning and tanning beds).
- Don’t apply hot compression or any form of heat to the injected area.
- Don’t take Aspirin and ibuprofen after treatment.
Side effects may include the following.
- Blood Clot: You may develop a blood clot at the injection site, the clot may resolve on its own, and sometimes your doctor will need to remove it.
- Allergic Reactions To Sclerosing Agent: Some people may develop allergic reactions to the sclerosant used during the procedure. This is not a common reaction.
- Inflammation: Inflammation is swelling, tenderness, and redness around the injection site. Most times, it goes away after a short period of time.
- Brown lines or Spots On The Skin: Spots may appear on your skin, at the site of the injection. It may be caused by a form of iron that escapes from your blood in the injected veins. In most cases, they disappear within 90 days, sometimes they can be permanent.
- Air Bubble: Small air bubbles may get into your bloodstream. It may not cause any symptoms, but it may cause problems like headaches, coughing, and nausea.
- Bruising: It may occur at the injection site and last for a couple of days or weeks.
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