Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure used to treat spider veins and small veins, smaller varicose veins that return after vein-stripping surgery, or larger varicose veins. Spider veins are small, thread-like veins that appear at the surface of the skin, usually on the legs or face. Occurring more often in women, spider veins can be red, purple or blue and take on the appearance of tree branches or spider webs. They can take up a small area or a larger area on your body and can look unattractive, causing those who suffer from them to feel self-conscious. Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment to eliminate unsightly spider veins and improve the appearance of the affected area.
How It’s Done
During the procedure, the affected leg is elevated to drain blood, and then medication is injected into the vein which causes the vein walls to close down. Sclerotherapy typically takes no more than 30 minutes depending on the severity of the spider veins. Once the injection is done, your doctor applies pressure to the area. You will be required to wear compression stockings for a couple of weeks following the procedure to maintain pressure.
Recovery After Treatment
The good thing about sclerotherapy is that is usually doesn’t require any downtime. You should be able to walk right after your treatment, although rest is recommended for the first couple of days. While bed rest isn’t necessary, you will need to avoid over exertion or exercise for a few days.
There are many benefits to having a sclerotherapy procedure. It costs less than surgery, is done on an outpatient basis, and allows you to return to your normal activities immediately. Perhaps most importantly, sclerotherapy improves the appearance of your skin.
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