Removal: Thread & Spider Veins (Sclerotherapy)
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. These conditions occur when the veins in your legs become enlarged and visible beneath the skin due to weakened or damaged valves that allow blood to flow backward and pool in the veins. This can lead to discomfort, pain, and cosmetic concerns.
How does it work?
It is a relatively quick and minimally invasive treatment option for vein issues, and patients can usually return to their normal activities shortly after the procedure. During sclerotherapy, a medical professional, injects a special solution (sclerosant) directly into the affected veins. The sclerosant irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse and stick together.
Over time, the body naturally absorbs the treated vein, and blood is rerouted through healthier veins. This helps improve blood flow and reduces the appearance of varicose or spider veins. Multiple sessions may be required to achieve the desired results, depending on the severity and extent of the vein issues.
How long does it last?
The results of sclerotherapy can vary from person to person. It depends on several factors, including the size and severity of the veins being treated, the individual's overall health, and their adherence to post-procedure care instructions. Some individuals may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.
In many cases, sclerotherapy can provide long-lasting results, with treated veins disappearing completely. However, it's important to note that sclerotherapy may not prevent the development of new varicose or spider veins in the future, especially if an individual has underlying venous insufficiency or other predisposing factors.
Are there any side effects?
While sclerotherapy is generally safe and effective, it may have some side effects and risks, such as bruising, swelling, redness, or discomfort at the injection site. Rarely, complications like allergic reactions or skin ulceration can occur.
Post procedure advice.
To maintain the results of sclerotherapy and reduce the risk of new veins forming, individuals are often advised to:
Wear compression stockings help improve blood flow in the legs and can reduce the likelihood of new veins forming.
Avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, can help ensure the success of the treatment.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight can help improve overall vascular health.