Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure where a sclerosant detergent solution is injected into the damaged vein, resulting in a clot that blocks the blood circulation to the vessels. The veins then dissolve and disappear as the body gradually absorbs them.
It’s recommended that following treatment patients wear compression dressings for one to three weeks. A follow-up visit will then be scheduled to review progress and continue the procedure in larger veins if required.
Sclerotherapy is considered an effective treatment for the removal of spider veins and varicose veins. To determine whether a patient is likely to benefit from sclerotherapy, the site of the defective vein as well as the venous drainage pattern is first identified using special ultrasound techniques. However, for small cases of spider veins or for cosmetic purposes, this is rarely done.
As sclerotherapy utilises very fine needles, there is minimal to no discomfort throughout the procedure, depending on the patient’s individual pain threshold. Larger veins that require a higher calibre needle may incur slightly more pain, however it is still considered a non-invasive treatment. As no surgery is required, recovery time is quick, allowing patients to return to their normal daily activities as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions relating to sclerotherapy, spider veins or varicose veins, feel free to contact us on 03 9190 8922 or by filling out our online enquiry form. Our friendly reception team will be more than happy to arrange an appointment for you.
Even if your condition seems small now, we still encourage you to come in for a consultation at our Frankston clinic, located on the Mornington Peninsula. All of our treatments are non-invasive and will prevent complications from occurring later on. Book today.