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Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins are abnormal, dilated blood vessels caused by a weakening of the vessel wall. They usually develop in the legs and can be seen through the skin. They may appear as swollen, twisted clusters of blue or purple veins and usually develop in the legs, but they can also develop in other parts of the body.
Sometimes varicose veins are surrounded by thin red capillaries known as spider veins ( a group of small blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin). Spider veins may also be called venous telangiectasias.
Spider and varicose veins can appear anywhere, but most often appear on the legs and in the pelvic area. Most varicose veins develop near the surface of the skin. Deeper varicose veins may cause the skin above them to swell, become darker or hard. Varicose veins are common and are seen more often in women than in men. Varicose Veins become more prevalent with age and have been reported to affect 30-60% of the adult population.
Sclerotherapy involves the use of injection or injections of to resolve or fade the effects of the varicose veins.
Please note, we offer Sclerotherapy service for legs only.
Learn more by reading the FAQ section below.
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Sclerotherapy (micro-injections) is a simple technique which can treat most varicose and spider veins. These micro-injections work by blocking off the vein and stopping the blood flow in it. Without blood flowing through it, the vein will become invisible.
Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. This causes the veins to collapse and be absorbed and fade gradually over time.
During your appointment, our expert clinicians will go over your goals and expectations and propose a treatment plan to achieve your desired effect. Your clinician will then lay out your treatment plan. Your procedure will then begin.
Your clinician will examine the area to be treated and will start a number of injections. Prominent veins frequently have to be injected more than once. In any one treatment session, many veins may be injected. This can involve 6-10 injections for large varicose veins and some 50 or more injections for smaller spider veins.
This treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and you may need from one to three treatments per leg depending on your condition. Treatment success depends on age, severity, other concurrent medical conditions and healing rate but most clients see an impressive improvement. Be patient. The treated veins will initially look worse before they improve. The injection associated discolouration and bruising may last for a few weeks and there will be some darkening of the veins due to retained blood within the treated vessel.
Spider veins and small green veins will clear within 2 to 3 months. Large varicose veins may take up to 6 months or more to fully resolve.
The results will vary by person and will depend on many factors such as the severity of the conditions, general health and lifestyles of the individual client.
Generally yes. However, your clinician will discuss your options and eligibility during the consultation session. This treatment is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Side effects occur very rarely with Sclerotherapy. The most common issue is to have bruising at the injections site for a while. For most clients, these marks fade very quickly, usually within two to three weeks. Some clients develop more tiny veins as a result of sclerotherapy. For most clients these fade quickly. A small scar may result from treatment, however, this is extremely rare.