Sclerotherapy FAQ

1) What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the injection of a salt solution into the small ‘spider’ veins of the legs. A very tiny needle is used. The salt irritates the vessel and then pressure is applied to ‘close’ off the vessel. This is followed by laser treatment of the same vessels. Impacting the vessels from both the ‘inside’ and the ‘outside’ has greatly increased the efficacy of this procedure. Compression hose are put on immediately after the procedure. It is necessary to keep pressure on the vessels treated for four days. You will need to wear your stockings – day and night for that time. Yes, you can shower if you have two pair of stockings – one to wear in the shower and a dry pair for after your shower. Our best results have been with people who wear their stockings faithfully.

2) How long does it take?

This will depend on how many vessels need to be treated. Most treatments range from 15 to 30 minutes.

3) Will I have to repeat the treatment?

For the larger blue veins, a second treatment may be necessary. Laser treatment immediately following sclerotherapy has mostly eliminated the need for repeated treatments.

4) Is there anything I need to do before I come in for a treatment?

It is important to come in for a consultation before your first treatment. You will need to purchase compression stockings before your treatments begin. Do not take aspirin, aspirin products, fish oils, ibuprofen, or large doses of vitamin E (greater than 100 IU/day) for 2 weeks prior to treatment.

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