Sclerotherapy is a highly effective, minimally invasive procedure to treat small and large spider veins. The procedure involves injecting abnormal veins with a solution that causes them to swell, collapse and fade away over time. Once the vein collapses, it is naturally absorbed back into the body.
Sclerotherapy is a safe, simple procedure that can be completed in an office. Patients are typically able to return to normal activity with limited restrictions the same day. The treatment is relatively painless and can be performed within an hour.
When to Get Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is often done for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins. The procedure may also be done to improve related symptoms such as:
- Night cramps
If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, doctors recommend waiting to have sclerotherapy done. If you are considering or preparing to get sclerotherapy, there are a few tips to ensure proper recovery and maintenance of long-term results.
Wear Compression Stockings
It is recommended that patients wear compression stockings for between one to three weeks following treatment. Your specialist will discuss specifics about the degree of compression needed and the length of use for your particular case. In some cases, long-term use of compression stockings may be recommended to help reduce your risk for recurrence or future onset of vein issues.
Avoid the Sun
Overexposure to the sun can interfere with the healing process. To allow your veins proper healing, avoid sun exposure for two weeks and always wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. Sunlight is one of the main causes of the skin showing signs of aging, and sun exposure increases the likelihood of developing spider veins in general.
Take it Easy
Sclerotherapy typically does not require any down time and patients can usually walk immediately and resume most activities after treatment. However, you should plan to take it easy for a few days, avoiding any strenuous exercise for at least three days following treatment.
Follow Up Appointment
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for two weeks after treatment to ensure proper healing and determine if any additional sessions are needed. This appointment is important to ensure optimal results from your sclerotherapy treatment. The number of treatments required is dependent upon the severity of the condition.
Book a Consultation at Vein Care for Sclerotherapy Treatment
Sclerotherapy has proven to be effective in eliminating most visible spider veins and is a reasonably affordable treatment option for many people. Vein Care in Melbourne provides a range of skincare treatments including sclerotherapy, micro sclerotherapy and Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy (UGS) as well as resolving other skin issues, including non-surgical vein treatment. To find out more or to make an appointment for a consultation, please call our helpful patient service staff on 1300 730 100 or