What You Need to Know about Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

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Are you ashamed of your legs because of your varicose veins? When a sclerosant is injected into a varicose vein to close it, it is called sclerotherapy. This can be done for one or more varicose veins. This treatment can really help, If you’re curious about the procedure and the recovery process, or just have general questions, the answers are simple.

Spider Vein Treatment

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

This type of procedure is done to treat spider veins, varicose veins, and other small veins that are damaged or noticeably enlarged. It can be done with other procedures or as a stand-alone procedure. The leg is elevated to drain the blood flow away from the section and then a sclerosant (the chemical used to close the vein) is injected. This chemical will damage the vein and scar the lining, making the vein close completely. After the injection, pressure will be applied to the vein, making the blood not return to the area after the procedure. You’ll wear special compression stockings for that pressure to stay. The entire procedure will take under a half-hour, depending on how many veins you’re having treated. It can also be done in a doctor’s office or clinic, which helps cut down on the cost. You may need more than one treatment for it to work, as well.

Risks of Sclerotherapy

Just like any procedure, there are a few risks. These include the chance of blood clots, skin color changes, varicose veins returning, itching, pain, blistering, bruising, and scarring. There can be the severe reaction of an anaphylactic shock, where the body has a severe allergic reaction that results in low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and can result in death. While this reaction is very rare, it is still a possibility that may occur. Skin color changes around the fixed vein is more common and can take 6 to 12 months to disappear, but for some can be permanent.

Who Shouldn’t Get Sclerotherapy

There are some people who should not get this procedure, including:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breast-feeding women
  • Those allergic to sclerosant
  • Those with blood clots
  • Those with deep vein thrombosis

If you have any of these conditions, ask your doctor about waiting about the procedure to a time when you are better suited for sclerotherapy.

The Recovery Process

There are many good points and bad about the recovery process from varicose vein treatment. There typically isn’t much of a recovery timeframe, but you should take it easy for a couple of days after treatment. You’ll be able to walk but strenuous exercise is not recommended. Also, you may need to wear compression socks to make sure things go smoothly. Your doctor may recommend anywhere from a couple of days worth of use to a few weeks.

Sclerotherapy is a great way to get better looking legs that you will be proud to show off. With very little down time and a quick, simple procedure, you can get it done and not have to worry about it interfering with work or play.

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