What is Sclerotherapy?
Commonly used to treat varicose and spider veins, sclerotherapy is a form of treatment we offer at Studio27 where Michael injects a solution, sclerosant into the veins causing them to shrink.
How do I know which treatment is best for me? Sclerotherapy or Yag laser?
Sclerotherapy has long been known as the gold standard in treating leg veins. Patients often have more success in achieving treatment goals with injections rather than lasers. In the case that a patient has minuscule veins that are too small to inject, then we will use the Yag laser to treat. We may also use the Yag laser if a patient has resistant veins that have not responded to injections in the past or if they have allergies or sensitivities to the solutions used to treat leg veins.
Do injections hurt? How long will it take to heal?
There is a bit of discomfort with sclerotherapy. A pediatric-sized needle is used to inject the solution into the veins and there may be a quick and slight burning sensation when the fluid is introduced. This resolves quickly. In rare cases, some patients may experience a hive-like reaction or a bit of itchiness after the injections.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on how many veins you would like to treat and how well the veins take up the solution. There is a recommended amount of solution that we use per session. If the number of veins we need to treat exceeds the amount of solution, then another session may be required. On average Michael explains to patients they should plan to have between one and three treatments with maintenance treatments periodically.
What is the recovery like?
The treated veins will look a little worse before they look better. There will be some bruising at the injection site that could persist for up to 6 weeks. You should refrain from any jarring or high-impact aerobic activity for about 10 days. It is also helpful to wear therapeutic compression stockings daily for the first week following treatment.
Lastly, try to avoid flying or any long road trips for 10 days after treatment as it could put you at risk for a blood clot.
How do I know if I am a good candidate?
If you suffer from spider veins or reticular veins on your legs you may consider Sclerotherapy to treat unsightly veins. Please discuss any allergies with the physician, any history of blood clots or embolisms, and if you are lactating or pregnant.