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Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. Sclerotherapy is often done for cosmetic  purposes to improve the appearance of spider veins.

The aesthetician injects the sclerotherapy treatment into the ankle of a patient with spider veins.

When will you see results after Sclerotherapy?

If you were treated for small varicose veins or spider veins, you can usually expect to see definitive results in three to six weeks. Larger veins may require three to four months. However, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the results you want.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.

What Are The Benefits of Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy can be done for cosmetic purposes but it can also improve related symptoms such as:

  • Aching

  • Swelling

  • Burning

  • Night cramps

What to expect during the Sclerotherapy procedure

Sclerotherapy does not require anesthesia and usually takes less than an hr. After cleansing the area to be treated with alcohol, Nurse Irena will use a fine needle to slowly insert a solution into the appropriate vein. The solution, usually in liquid form, works by irritating the lining of the vein, causing it to swell shut and block the flow of blood. Some solutions contain a local anesthetic called lidocaine.

What Should I Do After the procedure?

You should avoid sun exposure to the treated areas during that time. The inflammation caused by the injections combined with sun exposure can lead to dark spots on your skin, especially if you already have a dark skin tone.

Avoid strenuous exercise. Sclerotherapy doesn’t usually require any downtime, and patients are able to walk immediately after treatment. However, plan to take it easy for a few days and avoid any strenuous exercise for at least three days post-treatment. 

Bruising might take up to two weeks to heal, so plan in advance if you want the spider veins gone before a beach vacation.

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