- What is Sclerotherapy?
- How does this treatment differ from the other options?
- What Conditions May Be Treated?
- Whom is the treatment for?
- Whom is the treatment not for?
- How is the treatment done?
- What results may be expected?
- When will one see the results?
- How long do the results last?
- How to maintain or enhance my results?
- What is the recovery like?
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy uses special intravenous medication to shrink unsightly veins and shut down unhealthy blood vessels. Sclerotherapy can help create more beautiful looking legs and restore better venous circulation. Venous insufficiency often causes leg cramps, swollen ankles and even unsightly dilated and tortuous veins on the legs.
How does this treatment differ from the other options?
quick and simple
no surgical scar
more effective than compression stocking alone
more effective than laser for dilated veins
What Conditions May Be Treated?
dilated veins into which needles may be introduced and those veins located in the lower extremities
For individuals with normal venous functions
Whom is the treatment for?
1. Patients with realistic expectation
2. Patients in good healthy conditions
3. Adequate fat for harvesting in case of fat grafting
4. Stable weight without frequent or excess weight gain or loss
Whom is the treatment not for?
1. Patients with unrealistic expectations
2. Patients with low blood sugar, dehydration, acute disease, autoimmune disorder, blood disorder, cancer, or on bleeding thinning medications.
How is the treatment done?
The veins are visualized with a specialized light. Specialized intravenous sclerosing agents are used to inject the unsightly veins. Slight burning may be noticed. The interior of the veins is slowly scarred within to gradually close down these veins. Venous flow is rechanneled to other more functional veins. Tape is applied, and compression stocking or elastic bandage is applied.
Generally, several sessions are recommended, spaced four weeks apart.
The treatment takes about half hour in an outpatient clinic setting.
Anesthesia is generally not needed.
What results may be expected?
1. Reduction of size of spider and dilated veins
2. Improved venous circulation
3. Improved appearance of the legs
When will one see the results?
Results are seen in six weeks.
How long do the results last?
Combined with proper diet and exercise, results last years, with further treatments suggested for maintenance.
How to maintain or enhance my results?
Additional maintenance is required.
Healthy eating and exercise are helpful to enhance results.
Further treatment may be recommended for further results.
What is the recovery like?
Recovery lasts one day.
Temporary swelling soreness and mild bruising are expected.
Compression stockings are required during this period and for maintenance.
Prescription pain medications are generally not necessary.
Most people return to work and activities on the same day.
Cost of Treatments
Cost of treatment options ranges from three to five digits. An in-person consultation with your specialist physician will help to determine the best suitable solution to your own individual needs.