What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure to used effectively treat varicose and spider veins. Treatments have proven highly effective minimizing or eliminating most unwanted veins. It is often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins. This is not a cure for the process that forms veins, but a way to control veins that have already formed; new veins are likely to continue appearing with time. No medical treatment is always effective 100% of the time and not every vein may completely disappear. Sclerotherapy can effectively and dramatically improve the appearance, or totally remove even large unwanted veins, with only minimal risk, discomfort and cost.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is a time-proven method where medicine (the sclerosing solution) is injected directly into the vein. The solution – with help from external compression by a leg bandage or stocking – causes the vein to scar and collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed through a natural process into local tissue and eventually fades.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
In some instances, more than one treatment is necessary. These are usually spaced about a month apart. The actual number of treatments needed varies depending on the type, size, age and location of the veins to be treated. While proven effective in the vast majority of cased, no guarantee can ever be made that a particular patient will benefit from these treatments.
How Long Do the Results from Sclerotherapy Last?
Treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take up to a month to see the full results.