Fast Facts

AKA:
Spider vein treatment, varicose vein treatment, vein injections

Great For:
Leg veins, telangectasia, broken capillaries, venous matting

Areas Treated:
Legs, ankles, feet

Down Time:
None. Support stockings must be worn for 5 – 7 days.

Results Duration:
Usually permanent, though new vessels may appear with time.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for small varicose veins and spider veins, whereby a solution is injected directly into the veins using tiny needles. This injection irritates the vessels and causes them to close.

Leg veins before and after sclerotherapy*

*Individual results may vary

What is Sclerotherapy treatment like?

The area to be treated is cleaned before each of the veins is injected with a special solution using a very fine needle. The solution irritates or inflames the vessel which then closes over time. Each injection feel like a small sting, and is generally very well tolerated. The veins lighten whilst the solution is being injected and then appear red and swollen several minutes after as the solution irritates the vessel wall. This is repeated until all the troublesome veins have been injected. Treatment usually takes 30 – 40 minutes.

What should I expect after the treatment?

After Sclerotherapy there is usually some redness and swelling along the course of the treated veins. This may persist for some days to weeks, depending upon the size of the treated veins. Bruising and minor discomfort can occasionally occur.

You will usually need to wear support stockings for 5 – 7 days after your treatment. For this reason, many people find it more comfortable to have sclerotherapy in the cooler months. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for one week after treatment, although daily walking is encouraged. You cannot fly or drive long distances for 10 days after treatment.

Sclerotherapy results in a gradual improvement in the appearance of visible vessels over a period of 6 weeks after treatment. 2 – 4 treatments may be required to get the best results, but you will usually see an improvement after the first treatment. Not all people respond to sclerotherapy though, and non-response or recurrence occurs in a proportion of cases. In some cases other types of treatment may be recommended by our staff – in particular if major varicose veins are present. In this case, surgery or endovenous laser treatment may be best.

Am I a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

Prior to any vein treatment, you will have an initial consultation with one of our medical staff who will decide if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Sclerotherapy should not be performed if you have a personal or family history of blood clotting disorder or DVT (deep vein thrombosis), or if you are pregnant or have significant other illnesses. In some of these cases laser therapy of leg spider veins is a suitable alternative.