In this rather simple procedure, spider veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, Sclerovein R, which causes them to collapse and disappear over a period of about six weeks. A typical sclerotherapy session is relatively quick, lasting only about 15 to 45 minutes. Approximately one injection is administered for every inch of spider vein – anywhere from five to forty injections per treatment session.
The procedure may also benefit patients suffering from associated aching, burning, swelling and night cramps. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Two or more sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. You should also be aware that the procedure treats only those veins are are currently visible; it does nothing to permanently alter the venous system or prevent new veins from surfacing in the future. When scheduling your procedure, keep in mind that your legs may be bruised or slightly discoloured for some weeks afterwards.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be advised to postpone sclerotherapy treatment. In most cases, spider veins that surface during pregnancy will disappear on their own within three months after the baby is bor. Spider veins in men aren’t nearly as common as they are in women. Men who do have spider veins often don’t consider them to be a cosmetic problem because the veins are usually concealed by hair growth on the leg. However, sclerotherapy is just as effective for men who seek treatment.
It is not uncommon to experience some cramping in the legs for the first day or two after the injections. This temporary problem usually doesn’t require medication. You should be aware that your treated veins will look worse before they begin to look better. When the compression dressings are removed, you will notice bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites. The bruises will diminish within one month. In many cases, there may be some residual brownish pigmentation which may take up to a year to completely fade.
Risks related to treatment
Medical complications from sclerotherapy are rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified practitioner. However, patients should be aware that the formation of blood clots in the veins, severe inflammation, adverse allergic reactions to the sclerosing solution and skin injury that could leave a small but permanent scar may occur. Some patients experience hyperpigmentation, brown blotches on the affected skin that may take months to fade, sometimes up to a year.
For further information on treatment and costings phone The Ailesbury Clinic Dublin on 01 269 2255