Get the Facts on Sclerotherapy

By editor
October 15, 2015

Sclerotherapy is a fully proven and safe medical procedure which has helped innumerable patients to eliminate spider veins and varicose veins. This procedure was first performed in the 1930s. It is usually performed by a licensed physician or by dermatologists. It is advisable to check into a specialist clinic to conduct the procedure.

Workings of sclerotherapy

  • Injecting salt solution: The physician in charge of the procedure will inject a solution directly to the vein via a super fine needle. This solution is generally a salt solution. The blood vessel lining is irritated and it swells. The blood inside it clots. With the passage of time, this blood vessel gets transformed into a scar tissue. It fades and never returns.
  • Slight discomfort: Patients may experience a slight discomfort during the procedure even if the doctors use a super fine needle so that the irritation is minimized. This discomfort persists for a maximum of two minutes post injection. Irritation is greater for bigger veins. The procedure will take a maximum of 30 minutes. It is dependent on the quantity of veins injected. There is also the factor of the location of the veins and their size.
  • Ask relevant questions: In preparation for sclerotherapy, you should talk to your physician concerning all medicines being taken by you. There is a possibility that all of them may not be compatible with the treatment. Physicians recommend that patients should avoid taking ibuprofen and aspirin. Other anti-inflammatory drugs also should not be taken for a time period of 48 to 72 hours prior to sclerotherapy. The procedure, however, is not affected by Tylenol. Lotion must not be applied to the legs prior to the procedure.
  • Recover and side effects: Recovery is a very simple affair and involves only rest. Aerobic activity should not be done for a few days post procedure. Sclerotherapy involves mild side effects lasting a few days. The injection site can itch and be raised. There could also be bruising which could persist for a number of weeks.

For people seeking guidance on sclerotherapy, please contact Goldman Dermatology today. We are located in New York and can be reached directly at 212-962-1115. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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