- Sclerotherapy Treatment Can Improve the Appearance of Your Legs
- How to Prepare for a Sclerotherapy Treatment
- What Happens After the Procedure?
- Video – Sclerotherapy Treatment For Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy treatments became popular in the 1960s when doctors used the sclerosant STS (sodium tetradecyl sulphate) to treat varicose veins (commonly known as spider veins). The sclerosant is injected into the vein with the help of a very fine needle. This irritates the vein tissue with the intention to cause the lining of the vein to swell, harden and seal off. Sclerotherapy treatment will only take place after a thorough medical examination has taken place.
Some people develop varicose veins due to extreme inactivity, for others it is hereditary. The procedure was introduced in 1920, long before it became popular in the 60s.
1Sclerotherapy Treatment Can Improve the Appearance of Your Legs
If your legs are riddled by spider veins, sclerotherapy treatment could likely improve their appearance. In most cases, several sessions are needed for optimum effects. Most patients can expect to improve the appearance of their legs by at least 75 percent over time, although no definite claims of perfection can be made. Note that it can take several months to see the results of the procedure.
During the procedure, you will be injected multiple times with the sclerosant. To avoid deep vein thrombosis, risk of recurring spider veins and pigmentation you will have to wear compression stockings after the procedure is performed.
2How to Prepare for a Sclerotherapy Treatment
On the day of your appointment you should consider the following:
- Do not apply any moisturizer to your legs that day
- Unless otherwise advised by your practitioner do not cease to take your medications
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing and sandals, since you’ll be wearing stockings on your way home
- Don’t book a procedure if you intend to fly overseas within the next six weeks
3What Happens After the Procedure?
You should organize a lift from your dermatologist since you shouldn’t drive home by yourself after the treatment. Your compression stockings must be worn for a minimum of 48 hours, after which you are expected to wear it during the day for the next 2-3 weeks. During that time you can remove them at night. It is important that you keep your legs moving as much as possible to counteract deep vein thrombosis and recurring varicose veins (a 30-minute daily walk is ideal). While sitting, make sure to elevate your legs. Do not engage in strenuous exercise of any kind as this increases blood flow to your veins.
4Video – Sclerotherapy Treatment For Varicose Veins