Are varicose veins causing you pain, limiting your wardrobe choices, or making you self-conscious about your appearance? Sclerotherapy may be able to help you. Keep reading to learn more about this tried and trusted procedure:
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy has been used since the 1930s. It is a procedure designed to eliminate varicose veins as well as spider veins. In most cases a salt solution is injected into your veins using a very thin needle. The procedure causes the lining of the blood vessels to stick together. After awhile the blood vessel becomes scar tissue and then fades.
The procedure takes 15-30 minutes and you may need to go in for multiple sessions. The length of the procedure and number of sessions needed will depend on each individual case.
Preparing For Sclerotherapy
If you’re considering sclerotherapy, it is important to discuss any health conditions with your doctor. Sclerotherapy may not be safe if you’ve had problems with blood clotting and it isn’t safe for pregnant women.
After you’ve made sure the procedure will be safe for you, you can prepare for the procedure.
In most cases you shouldn’t apply lotion to your legs before the procedure and you should avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications 48-72 hours before the procedure. If you’re taking other medications, tell your doctor about them.
Recovering After Sclerotherapy
Use the following tips to aid your recovery after a sclerotherapy procedure:
- Walk daily, but avoid strenuous aerobic exercise
- Wear the compression hosiery recommended by your doctor
- Take cooler showers than usual
- Avoid hot showers
- Don’t use hot compresses
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs
The results of sclerotherapy aren’t usually immediate, but they are usually long lasting. If you’ve had spider veins treated, it will probably take about 3 to 6 weeks for the results to become noticeable. If larger veins have been treated it may take a few months for the results to appear.
Sclerotherapy can eliminate painful and unsightly varicose veins. Look forward to wearing shorts and skirts again without feeling self-conscious. To learn more about this procedure visit Sahara Medical Institute.