What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment that is designed to help target varicose or spider veins. People with varicose or spider veins can often be unhappy with the appearance of them and look for a treatment to help reduce visibility. That’s where Sclerotherapy comes in. Sclerotherapy works by injecting a medical solution into affected veins which causes the veins to collapse or reduce visibility.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins is where the veins have become swollen or enlarged, typically occurring on the legs or feet. They are likely to be blue or purple and can be lumpy, bulging or twisted in their appearance. For veins to become enlarged this is usually as a result of weak vein walls and valves.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are visible clusters of damaged small blood vessels that appear in the skin. Typically they are red, blue or purple lines that branch out from one focal point resulting in a spider like appearance. Unlike varicose veins they appear just beneath the skin surface and do not bulge.
If you have veins that you are unhappy with we can help. Let’s get you booked in for a consultation with our doctor to discuss your concerns.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most common and effective treatment methods to help improve the appearance of both varicose and spider veins. As well as helping with appearance sclerotherapy can also help treat some of the associated side effects that come with these skin conditions including aching, burning and swelling.
This treatment is doctor led and will be carried out by our medical director, Dr George Filobbos. The procedure will consist of the doctor injecting a medical solution directly into the affected veins. This will cause them to swell and close before stopping the flow of blood. As a result the veins will begin to fade over the coming weeks.
Leg veins clear up slowly after sclerotherapy and may take up to two to six months to resolve, depending on their size. A compression stocking worn on the leg helps to speed this process. Small veins need compression for around three to six days, while bigger veins need about six weeks.