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You are not alone if you find it hard to pronounce this treatment. Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment whereby a solution is injected directly into the smaller spider veins. There are many solutions used, but at Doctor Vein we use a solution that is manufactured in Germany or the United Kingdom, depending on patient profiles. These solutions irritate the inner lining of the vein wall, causing the abnormal vein to harden and get absorbed by the body. They are not only safe but highly effective.
Direct Vision Sclerotherapy also known as Microsclerotherapy, essentially focuses on those tiny spider veins. These veins can be accessed directly as they are visible on the skin, using very small needles.
Sclerosant solution is injected using very small needles directly into the vein.
The solutions can be injected directly as a liquid or as a foam. Both are as effective for spider veins, but foam is generally found to be more effective for bigger veins hiding under the skin.
Is it painful?
This is a very common question and the simple answer is no. Some solutions used for sclerotherapy can cause stinging when first injected and others cause some slight itchiness during the procedure. The solution we use has an anaesthetic property as well that further reduces any pain. It is important to note that the needles used are tiny and not ordinary sized needles. Generally, it is very well tolerated by most people. Many who do get treated are often surprised how little discomfort there is.
Most patients who get direct vision sclerotherapy can be treated and go straight to work or perform any other day to day activities. It is often recommended to not do heavy exercise or weight lifting for the first 5 days after sclerotherapy.
It is also advisable to walk daily for 30 to 45 minutes each day after treatment and wear medical compression stockings during that period.
How many treatments will I need?
This is challenging to answer without examining a patient and doing a duplex ultrasound. Most patients generally need at least 3 treatments of sclerotherapy. Some patients have multiple spider veins scattered everywhere and, in that case, more treatments may be needed. Also, some treatments may need a combination of different procedures with sclerotherapy just being one of them. I advise patients as to what will be required during their initial consultation.
Is it effective?
Treatment of spider and varicose veins using sclerotherapy can be very effective. Even after the first few weeks post treatment considerable changes in the appearance of varicose and spider veins can be seen. The final results will be visible 3 to 6 months post treatment.