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Top 10 things to know about varicose veins and sclerotherapy

Top 10 things to know about varicose veins and sclerotherapy
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  1. What is sclerotherapy?

    Sclerotherapy is the treatment we use at our Melbourne clinic for spider veins and varicose veins. Sterile solution is injected into spider veins or varicose veins using a very fine needle, with the solution – over a few days – irritating the vein, causing the vein to close over and disappear. We can do more than one vein at a time.

  2. Does sclerotherapy hurt? 

    Sclerotherapy may sting a little with each injection with a slight burning sensation for several seconds. Sclerotherapy is very well tolerated in terms of discomfort, and no anaesthesia is necessary. Most people say sclerotherapy is far less painful than they were expecting.

  3. Is sclerotherapy used for large varicose veins? 

    Sclerotherapy is used up to a certain point with very large varicose veins, which will be discussed at your appointment. A stronger solution and higher volume is required for larger varicose veins, plus the use of compression stockings for one to two weeks post-treatments. For this reason, getting your spider and varicose veins treated during the cold Melbourne winter is often preferable.

  4. Do I need more than one sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins?

    How many treatments you will require depends on your individual needs, but you could expect to have several procedures for best results. This could range from between one and four per vein, with bigger varicose veins requiring more treatments.

  5. Do I have to stop exercising for a while after varicose vein treatments?

    Your dermatologist will recommend the activities that would benefit your individual case, with walking recommended, but high-impact sports or vigorous exercise avoided for at least a few days.

  6. What will happen if my spider veins are not treated?

    Spider veins are cosmetic only and do not affect your tissue. They do not hurt, ache, cause swelling or result in blood clots.

  7. Where can and can’t sclerotherapy be done?

    Sclerotherapy is almost never done on the face or hands. Laser is a better option for these areas. Usually varicose veins do not appear on the face and hands, but in the legs.

  8. What happens after sclerotherapy?

    You may experience some mild discomfort and soreness, with the injection site looking bruised and swollen. The compression garments will help alleviate swelling, with bruising disappearing over several weeks. You can walk and resume daily activities as specified by your dermatologist.

  9. How long is a sclerotherapy session for varicose veins? 

    We can only do a certain number of injections in one sitting, usually across about half an hour.

  10. What are the outcomes of sclerotherapy for varicose veins?

    There are rarely any side effects from sclerotherapy and reactions to the solution are rare. Results are usually very good, but sclerotherapy doesn’t work for everyone all the time, so it’s important to have realistic expectations. You can expect to be free from your varicose veins and spider veins after a few treatments with successful sclerotherapy.

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