Varicose veins (Spider veins, broken veins or Telangiectasia) of the leg are a common problem, predominantly affecting women. Little red or purple veins can appear anywhere on the leg. Even though these veins do not cause any major health risk, they may cause discomfort. Many people who have Varicose Veins find them unattractive and embarrassing and often attempt to conceal them with clothing or resort to cosmetic cover-ups, the results of which are often disappointing.
Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which a fine needle is used to inject a small amount of solution directly into the thread vein which decreases the appearance of varicose veins by causing inflammation and collapse. The procedure lasts between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated. No sedation or anesthesia is needed. The treated vessels will then gradually disappear over the month following the procedure.
As many as 80% of injected veins can be eliminated using sclerotherapy, and those that are not removed become hardly noticeable. Only 6% of people treated do not respond to the therapy at all, however there are alternative methods that can be used to achieve results. In most cases it takes as little as three weeks for a response from smaller spider veins to respond, whilst up four months for larger spider veins to be eliminated.
Before receiving sclerotherapy here at Wilderman Cosmetic Clinic you will exposed to consultation with one of our dermatologists, or vascular medical specialists who will determine if you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Unfortunately you will not be eligible for this procedure if you are pregnant. However, birth control pills will not affect ones eligibility. If you have had blood clots in the past, your eligibly will be determined depending on your previous health records in the area where you desire to have treatment, as well as the reasons of which caused your blood clot.
Prior to sclerotherapy, you should avoid certain medications. Talk to your doctor about all medicines (including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and dietary supplements) you are taking. If you need to take an antibiotic before sclerotherapy, contact your doctor. No lotion should be applied to the legs before the procedure.
Throughout the process of sclerotherapy, a solution of salt is injected directly into the vein using an extremely fine needle. This process might be uncomfortable at first, possibly even causing mild cramping, however the body will adjust to these changes within two minutes and you will begin to feel comfortable again instantaneously
Generally the risks involved with sclerotherapy are very low. Although there are numerous side effects which might happen to a patient, none of the known side effects are permanent and will recede after a number of day. Some of the common side effects (which can be expected) include a mild itching sensation and raised red patches in the skin in the areas you were injected. Neither of these side effects will last more than 3 days.
Other possible side effects (which are a lot rarer) include injected veins becoming hard and lumpy and taking several months to dissolve and fade, brown spots appearing above the veins which will clear in under 6 months, new blood vessels appearing (stemming from the injected veins) which will disappear within 12 months without investing in any further procedures. Another side effect that s possible is having an allergic reaction to the fluid injected, however our doctors will run allergy tests on the patient by injecting a tiny amount of fluid into the affected veins to determine if the procedure is safe or not.
After treatment, the patient will be able to drive themselves home, and continue to partake in ordinary day to day activity. Activities such as walking in highly encouraged after sclerotherapy treatment, however aerobic activities are not. Swimming, baths, Saunas and direct exposure to sunlight should also be avoided for at least 48 hours after surgery. Certain medications should be avoided post therapy. Such medications include aspirin, ibuprofen and any other anti-inflammatory drugs.
For more information about sclerotherapy, or any of our other cosmetic procedures, feel free to call us or drop in to the clinic at anytime.