Eliminating Unsightly Veins
Sclerotherapy is the use of a harmless solution that is injected under the skin to treat problematic Thread Veins and Spider Veins. The following before and after photo illustrates the results that can be had with this treatment:
|Before Sclerotherapy||After Treatment|
How does it work?
A small amount of the solution Phenol is injected into target vessels using a micro-needle. Phenol is an irritant and on entering the vessel causes the area to blanch (turn white) as it pushes the blood out and begins to irritates the blood vessel's wall. The continuous irritation causes contractions and eventual collapse of the wall, thus preventing the blood from re-entering the vessel. Results should be visible in 4-6 weeks
Who can have this treatment?
Thread and Spider Veins is often hereditary and can be suffered by both men and women although it is more common in women, often as a result of pregnancy or hormonal issues.
Those currently pregnant or lactating are unable to have Sclerotherapy as well as those who have previously suffered with phlebitis, DVT or any other circulatory issues.
Are there any adverse reactions or side effects?
You may experience slight bruising or swelling in the treated area which should have subsided in two weeks. In the rare case that it takes bruising/swelling persists then further medical help must be sought.
In certain skin types there is a small chance that Sclerotherapy will cause pigmentation problems.
Is there any aftercare I should be aware of?
It is advisable to wear compression bandages or stockings for 72 hours after treatment which should then be worn for a further 2 weeks during the day time only. Results and healing time will be helped by the use of creams containing vitamin K, which actively decrease bruising and reduces pigmentation after the treatment.
If swelling after treatment is particularly uncomfortable an Icepack can be applied to help reduce.
Will these Thread/Spider Veins reappear?
Unfortunately Sclerotherapy is not a preventative treatment and therefore there is always a possibility that new veins will appear in the area. Good diet and regular exercise is recommended in the prevention of these veins and a combination of Laser or IPL will greatly reduce.