Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment which involves the doctor injecting a solution into a varicose vein or spider vein to close it and redirect blood. Closed veins slowly fade away leaving the skin smooth and without a trace of the purplish hue of varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is popular among vein specialists not only because of its high success rate but also because its produces lasting results. While varicose veins may pop up in other parts of the body, the treated area may never experience a reemergence of the condition. If varicose veins emerge in another part of your leg, you can have sclerotherapy performed on it. It should be noted that sclerotherapy doesn’t cause varicose veins or spider veins to emerge in other parts of your legs or body.
Tell your vein specialist if you are pregnant and if you have any illness or allergy. Inform them also if you are under medication, including aspirin and herbal supplement. You may be required to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, blood thinners, and iron supplements days before undergoing the procedure.
On the day of the appointment, do not apply lotion to the leg being treated. Wear loose clothes that allow access to the area of your leg that should be treated. A pair of shorts would be a great choice as you may be required to wear a gown during the procedure.
Sclerotherapy is performed on an outpatient basis. Some patients may, however, require admission after the procedure. Your vein specialist should be able to tell you during the consultation if you will be admitted or not.
A fine needle is used to inject the solution into each of the spider veins or varicose veins on your leg. You may experience burning and itching sensations, but this is normal and short-lived, as the procedure itself takes no more than one hour.