What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive injection treatment used to eliminate spider veins and small-to medium-sized varicose veins. It is performed in the office with no incisions, stitches, minimal discomfort, and little down time for recovery making it a very efficient option for treatment.
To prepare for your sclerotherapy treatment, you will want to avoid using lotions, powders, and creams on your legs the night before.
The day of the procedure, our board-certified vascular surgeon or nurse practitioner will use a very thin needle to inject the veins with a sclerosing, or irritating, solution. Light compression is applied to the legs to help the solution flow through the damaged veins which are then broken down and reabsorbed into the body, becoming less visible.
The health benefits of reducing or eliminating spider and varicose veins are improved circulation and relief of heaviness, achiness, and fatigue in the legs. The aesthetic bonus of treatment is smoother, more even-toned skin and less discoloration.
Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for those suffering from spider veins or smaller varicose veins that are thin, red, blue or purple in appearance–although please keep in mind that the thinnest red veins can often be the most difficult to treat.
What are the risks or side effects of sclerotherapy?
Your surgeon or nurse practitioner will discuss with you any potential risks or side effects before the procedure, though mild discomfort at the injection sites is not uncommon and lasts only temporarily. On the other hand, not choosing to treat your spider or varicose veins can also be a risk due to the potential for more damaged veins to cluster and grow more pronounced in appearance.
What does sclerotherapy recovery look like?
You can return home or to work after the procedure, and immediately following you will need to wear your compression hose for 48 hours continuously to help with healing and circulation. Your provider will then instruct you on how often to wear them after that.
It is important to realize that the appearance of your legs will not change overnight, as it may take time for the injected veins to completely fade away and the body to reabsorb the vein tissue. Your legs may even look worse before they improve, but please be patient as they will get better. Sclerotherapy usually takes 6-9 months for full spider vein resolution.
Prolonged sitting, standing or heavy exercise should be avoided for several days. Walking, however, is highly encouraged to get the blood flowing in your legs as they heal.
Our patients are typically very pleased with both the cosmetic and therapeutic results once the healing is complete.
Please contact us at VeinSolutions in Austin and Georgetown to schedule an appointment with one of our providers who will help determine if this treatment or another minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure is right for you.