What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical treatment for getting rid of small varicose veins and spider veins. A solution is injected directly into the varicose vein to reroute the blood to healthier ones. The flushed vein will then collapse and be absorbed into the tissues and fade.
Sclerotherapy is usually done to achieve flawless skin. However, it comes with other health benefits. These include the reduction of swelling and night cramps in the legs. The whole treatment normally takes a series of sessions spaced about four to six weeks apart to achieve optimal results.
As a provider of sclerotherapy in Rock Hill and Charlotte, Metrolina Medical Spa ensures the safety of the procedure through thorough medical examinations and consultations with our patients.
What qualifies you for sclerotherapy?
Since the sclerotherapy treatment involves the varicose veins in the legs or any part of the body, your doctor may require you to disclose your medical history to avoid risks. Here are some of the questions that you review with your doctor before the procedure:
- Do you have an underlying medical condition?
Patients with diabetes, a heart condition, or a history of blood clots may require additional consideration before undergoing the sclerotherapy treatment.
- Do you take blood-thinning and other maintenance medications?
Some medications can alter the usual consistency of the blood which may cause excessive bleeding after the treatment. Your doctor may require you to stop the medication a day before the procedure to boost recovery.
- Have you undergone previous vein treatment?
Your doctor may pick up some insight on how your previous vein treatment worked for you. You must also share the side effects you experienced and the duration of the recovery process.
- Do you have any allergies?
The medication may contain allergens that trigger an immune response which can cause allergic reactions like rashes and swelling.
What to expect in sclerotherapy treatment?
Before the treatment, your doctor will perform a physical examination of your veins. Your health condition will also be observed to make sure to manage the risks and prevent any complications like blood clots and inflammation. In some cases, doctors take the help of ultrasound to fully locate the problem area and achieve a precise application of the treatment.
Once you’re cleared, your doctor will set up the schedule of your treatment and the medications that you need to temporarily stop before the treatment. During the treatment, a numbing cream may be placed on the area to manage pain. Then, the solution will be injected into the unwanted vein. The whole duration of the treatment may last for approximately 20 minutes.
After treatment, you must cover the treated area with a tight-fitting support hose or compression hose to boost recovery. Walking is also encouraged in the postoperative period to maintain a good blood flow in the treated area. It is common for the treated area to look worse before it improves, with bruises and brown discoloration for a while.
Once the compression dressings are removed, you will notice bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites. The bruises will fade over time, usually within a month. In some cases, there may be some residual brownish pigmentation which may take up to a year to completely fade.
Achieve a safe removal of varicose veins with sclerotherapy in Rock Hill
Nothing beats the safety of aesthetic treatments in the hands of medically-trained specialists. Our doctor at Metrolina Medical Spa has extensive experience in safely performing sclerotherapy to achieve the skin goals of our patients. Book an appointment today to learn more about sclerotherapy and how you can restore your flawless and clear skin.