Sclerotherapy is an effective way to remove the superficial, thin red to purple blood vessels often found on the thighs and legs. Also known as spider veins, they are sometimes the result of venous backflow and may be connected to large soft tortuous varicose veins. Although sclerotherapy can be used to treat some of the larger caliber vessels it is most effective on the thread like spider veins.
Sclerotherapy can be performed in the office and requires no anesthetic or recovery time. It involves injecting a solution (most often concentrated saline) directly into the fine vein. The needle used is extremely thin and produces little to no pain. Upon injection the solution displaces the blood and coats the blood vessel wall. This initiates a scarring process which results in the blood vessel collapsing on itself and being absorbed by the body over several weeks. The hypertonic saline solution is quickly diluted in the blood stream and posses no health risk.
Side effects are few but may include a mild ache or superficial sore at the injection site. Several days after the procedure the vein appears as a brownish smudge or bruise. This may take several weeks to resolve. Although one treatment will usually show visible results, sclerotherapy may need to be repeated after 6 weeks.
Use of compression stockings for 2 to 4 weeks following treatment is advised and can help ensure the best possible response. Walking and moderate exercise is recommended following sclerotherapy.
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