Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure that has been in use since the 1930’s to eliminate spider veins and telangectasias. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a sclerosing solution directly into the unwanted vein through a very fine needle. This causes the vein to immediately shrink, and then dissolve over a period of weeks as the body naturally absorbs the treated vein. Any stubborn veins that remain after the procedure can also be touched up with our newest laser technology for vascular areas.
Prior to sclerotherapy, you will have an initial consultation with Dr Shah who will decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.
What to do before Sclerotherapy?
Prior to sclerotherapy, you should avoid certain blood thinning medications like aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin) or other anti-inflammatory drugs for 72 hours before your sclerotherapy treatment. Tylenol, is an alternative medication you can take for pain that will not affect the procedure. You should also stop your over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and dietary supplements you are taking as some of these can also have the same effect. Make sure you bathe prior to the procedure with an antibacterial soap. No lotion should be applied to the legs before the procedure.
What to expect after Sclerotherapy?
You may experience mild itching, which can last for one or two days after the procedure. Also, you may notice raised, red areas at the injection site. These areas usually disappear within a few days. Bruising can also occur around the injection side and can last several days or weeks. It is very important to wear compressed stockings for usually two weeks after treatment to obtain the best results. Patients are also encouraged to walk regularly during that time but no major aerobic activity for several weeks. It is common for the patients to require at least two treatment sessions separated by several weeks to significantly improve the appearance of spider veins on their legs