Sclerotherapy was developed in the 1920’s to treat spider veins. These veins are hereditary and are commonly found in the thigh or lower leg but can develop anywhere on the leg. Occasionally they can also be spotted on the face but this is rare. Sclerotherapy is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure used to treat spider veins.
These veins are usually marked standing up and will be treated depending on the size of the vein. They then inject a solution that will turn the veins white eventually causing them to disappear. This treatment is an outpatient procedure that should take no longer than thirty minutes to an hour.
Studies show that fifty to eighty percent of veins will be eliminated upon injection. Less than ten percent of people do not respond to these injections but there are different treatments that can be used for those few. Response time for this type of procedure is three to six weeks but may vary with some people. Larger veins may take three to four months to respond. If veins respond to treatment they will not reappear. New veins may appear but can also be treated if necessary.
The following side effects may occur after treatment:
• Red Areas may appear at injection site.
• Larger veins may become lumpy and hard but should dissolve and fade within several months.
• Brown lines or spots may appear but should disappear within three to six months.
• You may also have the appearance tiny blood vessels days or weeks after the treatment but should also fade away within twelve months.
If the following side effects take place contact your doctor immediately:
• Inflammation within five inches of groin.
• A sudden swollen leg.
• Formation of small ulcers at the injection site.
Like stated above this treatment is an out patient procedure and afterwards you will be able to resume regular activities. You will also be able to drive yourself home. Support hosiery is recommended to compress the treated vessels.
Avoid the following activities for 48 hours after treatment:
• Hot Baths
• Hot compresses
• Whirlpools or Saunas
• Direct exposure to Sunlight
• When showering use cooler water and wash injection sites with mild soap.
Also avoid any physical or strenuous labor for two to three days. If new appear you may choose to also get them treated. If veins do not respond to treatment ask your physician about other possible treatments that may be available to you!
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