What is Sclerotherapy?
A Sclerotherapy treatment at Eve Clinics is a non-invasive injectable treatment used to treat leg veins. The procedure involves injecting a sclerosing solution directly into the veins that cause the veins to shrink. The chemical irritates the small veins and causes it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. The solution is injected into the veins using a very thin needle, and the procedure can be done quite easily at our Leamington Spa Clinic.
Sclerotherapy is most commonly used to treat spider veins, as well as larger varicose veins. It can also be used to treat reticular veins, which are small, purple-blue veins that are usually seen in the thigh area. We offer the procedure to patients with concerns on the leg area. Other options can be discussed with our specialists during your consultation if you would like thread veins or spider veins treated on other parts of the body.
Sclerotherapy is a relatively quick procedure and does not require any anesthesia. The sclerosing solution that is injected into the veins is typically a salt solution. The solution causes the vein walls to become irritated, which causes them to collapse and eventually disappear. The solution prohibits blood flow to the damaged vein and instead the blood is routed to the healthier veins. The body then absorbs the damaged veins so it is no longer visible.
The results of the procedure can be seen within a few weeks, and the results are permanent. Side effects are usually minimal, and they include temporary redness, swelling, bruising, and itching. In rare cases, the solution can cause an allergic reaction or skin discoloration. This is why we offer this procedure with a doctor, to limit complications and avoid unnecessary risks.
How can Sclerotherapy help?
The varicose vein treatment is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for those wishing to take on a rejuvenated look on the leg area. It can help to improve the look of the skin on the legs dramatically and can be used to target multiple areas and even both legs, restoring self-confidence. If you are interested in learning more about Sclerotherapy, it is important to talk to our doctor to determine if it is the right treatment for you.
Our treatments are of course totally bespoke to your individual concerns so after assessment of the area, we may suggest an alternative treatment. A lot of the time varicose veins can be misdiagnosed by individuals and Sclerotherapy injections are not needed. Instead a laser is used, like the Candela Advanced Vascular Laser offered at Eve Clinics. This laser can be used to treat pigmented and vascular lesions. It is also possible that a combination of Sclerotherapy injections and laser are used for optimal results.
Prior to treatment, all patients are invited to attend a medical consultation with our doctor or laser specialist. During this consultation, we will examine your concern and take a full medical history. A patch test may also be necessary to ensure you are suitable for treatment if using laser and will not experience any allergic reaction during treatment. Together, we will devise a treatment plan which will ultimately help you to experience the best results possible. We will advise on the approximate number of sessions required and explain to you the aftercare instructions you need to follow when you leave the clinic.
Once you have decided to go ahead with the procedure, we will either book for you to come in at a later date, or start the treatment on the day of the consultation. Treatment is very simple. We first decide whether to administer a local anesthetic. This will be discussed with our doctor and they may decide to if the vein being treated is deep below the surface. The treatment will consist of a few injections at different sites, after each injection a compression pad is applied to the area.
After treatment, you may be provided with compression socks or stockings to apply pressure to your legs and to help maintain blood flow. Stockings will also reduce discomfort and swelling. You’ll be advised to continue with most daily activities immediately after treatment and must continue to walk to avoid the rare possibility of blood clots. Patients should avoid strenuous activities during the recovery process. After treatment, you may notice some slight swelling and redness at the injection sites; this can usually be reduced by wearing your compression stockings.
Overall, Sclerotherapy is a highly effective and non-invasive treatment for leg veins. It is a safe and reliable way to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins for most patients. Patients should discuss any questions or concerns with a reputable doctor and clinic like Eve Clinics.