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Sclerotherapy

sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is generally the treatment of choice for unwanted blood vessels on the legs. A sclerosing solution called Sclerodex is injected with a very fine needle into the unwanted blood vessels. Larger vessels are treated with a foaming irritant. The irritating solution causes the lining of the vein to become inflamed and the walls to adhere to each other thereby preventing blood from flowing into the vein. Over a period of weeks, the vessel normally closes off permanently preventing further influx of blood into the vein.

Before and After Sclerotherapy Photos

**Actual patients. Individual results may vary.

**Actual patients. Individual results may vary.

Quick Facts About Sclerotherapy

Description: Injection of benign spider and varicose veins of the the legs, using a sclerosing solution to close off the vessels making them less visible.

Average Cost: $250.00-$600.00 per session dependent upon type of vessels; $150.00 for support stockings for deep vessels.

Length of Procedure: 15 to 45 minutes per treatment.

In/Outpatient: Outpatient.

Anesthesia: None.

Recovery Time: Normally return to work immediately or next day. Moderate exercise in 24 hours. May need to wear support hose or a compression wrap for two days to two weeks.

Treatment Frequency: Touch ups will be required from time to time as new veins become dilated and visible.

Risks: Bruising at injection site, pigmentation changes.

Duration of Results: Long-lasting; however, sclerotherapy does not prevent new veins from appearing.

Sclerotherapy is contraindicated in women who are pregnant or breast feeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How Soon Will I See The Results Of Sclerotherapy?

 

The final benefits of sclerotherapy may not be apparent for several months. Most patients experience a 60% to 80% improvement after their first treatment.

 

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

 

Although large areas may be treated in a single session, a number of sessions may be required for substantial fade or complete resolution of the problem. Disappearance of the vessels depends on the following factors: the size of the injected vessels, the type and concentration of the sclerosant, the skill of the operator, the post-procedural care and the nature of the vessels. Although new spider veins may appear, the injected veins usually do not return.

 

Midsized, bluish veins benefit from sealing the vessels with a vascular removal laser.

 

Do The Treatments Hurt?

 

A small needle is inserted into the vein. As the sclerosing solution is injected into the vein a mild to moderate burning sensation may occur. This normally only lasts for a few seconds.

 

What Will I Experience After The Treatment?

 

Some care is required after treatments to ensure optimum results. It is recommended that patients take it easy for at least 24 hours after their treatment. Patients are advised to avoid high impact aerobics and jogging which encourage the appearance of new small blood vessels. Walking, swimming, cycling, rowing and other fluid exercises are preferable. Pools, hot tubs and baths should be avoided for at least seven days after a treatment. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 45 or more should be used for at least 6 weeks after a treatment.

 

If larger veins are treated it is necessary to wear special heavy-duty support stockings for several days to encourage the collapse of the veins.

 

Are There Any Side Effects Of Sclerotherapy?

 

The most common side effects are:

  • Bruises at the site of the injection.
  • Pigment or rust stains may appear when blood leaks into the skin from the treated veins. This occurs in nearly 20% of patients.
  • Appearance of tiny blood vessels at the injections site.
  • A sore and subsequent scar at the site of the injection.
  • Inflamed or lumpy blood vessels.
  • Resistance to treatment resulting in some vessels not closing off.
  • Allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution.
 

What Does Sclerotherapy Cost?

 

Sclerotherapy costs $250.00 per session.

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