Category: Sclerotherapy

Preparing for Sclerotherapy

In the aesthetic world, something that has been around since the 80s would seem pretty dated. Not so with sclerotherapy, which first came into use in the late 1980s. It is still the most popular way to get rid of spider veins.

Here’s some background and help to get ready for your treatment.

In sclerotherapy, a special solution known as a sclerosant is injected into unwanted blood vessels (the varicose or spider veins). This causes the inner wall of the vein to collapse, making the vein shrink and eventually fade away. To fully remove the spider vein, it usually requires multiple sessions spaced two to four weeks apart.

SclerotherapyAchieving your desired results from sclerotherapy involves thorough preparation on your end. At Sahara Medical, we often instruct patients to prepare for the procedure with the following steps:

  • Don’t shave your legs before and after your scheduled treatment.
  • Don’t use skin care products such as lotions and oils on your legs at least 24 hours before your scheduled treatment.
  • Don’t take aspirin or similar NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) before the procedure. You can take your regular medications or supplements the day before your sclerotherapy treatment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable shorts during the procedure. Bring compression stockings with you; they will need to be worn immediately after your treatment and for a couple of weeks afterwards.
  • Do not schedule long hours of travel, whether via plane or car rides, as they can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or formation of blood clots deep into the vein, which could be fatal.
  • Women who are taking birth control pills or are undergoing hormone replacement therapy should temporarily stop before sclerotherapy as they can also increase the risk of DVT. Other birth control methods are not a problem.

Call us at 702-823-5010 today to learn more about sclerotherapy and how it can help improve the appearance of your unsightly varicose and spider veins today!


What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?

leg-SmallAre 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.