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What is sclerotherapy?
We’ve had many of our patients ask “what is sclerotherapy?” here at the clinic. So we thought we’d share all the benefits and considerations about this service.
Let’s start by explaining exactly what is sclerotherapy…
It’s a treatment that involves injecting a solution directly into the vein in order to remove small varicose veins. The solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein eventually fades. This procedure has been in use since the 1930’s and is very effective for removing unwanted veins, and Dr. Anna has had great success with the treatment.
What can this procedure be used for?
- Cosmetically to help improve the look of veins.
- It can help with aching and swelling
- It can help remove the veins on one’s nose and face as well.
Does this procedure hurt?
This is a pretty uncomfortable treatment, as the solution is injected straight into the vein – numbing is ineffective, but ice can be used to help with any unpleasant sensation. After the appointment, bruising, raised red area, and small skin sores may occur.
Who should not get sclerotherapy?
- Do not get sclerotherapy if you are pregnant or nursing. It is not known yet if the sclerosing solution can get into breast milk.
- If you have any history of allergy to sclerosant or similar substances.
- If you have blood clots or inflammation in the deep leg veins (also known as deep vein thrombosis)
Are there any risks to this procedure?
- There may be discolouration which can take 6-12 months to disappear
- The veins could return
- A mild reaction to the sclerosant
- Blood clots or damage in the deep vein system
How to care for yourself after the treatment?
- You will be able to drive yourself home and continue with your daily regular activities. Walking is encouraged, as well as a good night’s sleep.
- Compression stockings will be encouraged to be worn after the procedure for about 1-2 weeks to help compress the treated vessels.
- For the 48 hours after treatment, it is best to avoid hot baths, saunas, direct exposure to sunlight, and hot compresses.
***Before the procedure, it is important that your doctor ask about your medical history to see if there has been any heart conditions or a past history of blood clots. They will ask what medications are being taken. If you have any allergies, and if you have ever had previous treatment of varicose veins in the past.
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