About Sclerotherapy at Versailles Medical Spa
Sclerotherapy offers our clients the ability to get rid of those small yet unsightly clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that most commonly appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles. Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure, where veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes the veins to collapse and fade from view. The procedure is predictable and relatively painless.
Certain factors play a role in the development of varicose and spider veins. Most important factor is the genetic predisposition, which tends to run in families. Genetic predisposition combined with certain lifestyle choices can accelerate the development of varicose and spiders veins, making them worse and more apparent over time.
Frequently Asked Questions about Sclerotherapy in Darien, CT
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a microinjection procedure to treat spider veins. The procedure involves injection of a sterile solution (called a sclerosing solution) into the small veins using a very fine, thin needle. This solution irritates the vein lining causing it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear. Multiple veins can be injected at each session. The sclerosing solution used may be either hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecylsulfate.
How is the procedure done?
It is always done in by a Certified Registered Nurse. It generally does not require any type of anesthesia. The patient is asked to come to the medical spa in loose fitting clothing and the spider veins are identified. With a very fine needle, these spider veins are injected with a chemical that will destroy the vein. There is minimal pain.
What chemicals are used for Sclerotherapy?
The spider veins are destroyed by injecting a small amount of a chemical in the vein. The sclerosants is either hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecyl sulphate. The chemical irritates the small vein and causes it to undergo fibrosis and eventually disappear.
Can Sclerotherapy be used to treat large varicose veins?
Unfortunately, Sclerotherapy is generally used for the very small superficial veins next to the skin. Sclerotherapy is not effective for large veins and requires large amounts of the sclerosants with the potential to be absorbed. When large veins are treated with Sclerotherapy, a stronger solution and a higher volume is required.
How many Sclerotherapy treatments are required?
It varies from individual to individual but typically 2-4 treatments are required for the best results. In patients with milder cases, 1-2 will suffice. The treatments are more when there are more veins or slightly larger veins.
Do I have to limit any activity after the treatment?
Walking is highly recommended soon after the procedure. But any high activity sports should be avoided for the first 2-3 days.
Does Sclerotherapy hurt?
There is a little sting associated with each injection. The burning sensation lasts few seconds. Most individuals tolerate the procedure and do not require any type of anesthesia. The majority of patients claim that the procedure is much less than painful than what they anticipated.
What happens after Sclerotherapy treatment?
There is some mild pain which can easily be overcome with Tylenol. The injected site will appear bruised and swollen for a few days. Continual wearing of the ace bandaged will relieved the swelling and pain. The bruising usually disappears in 2-3 weeks. One will have no problem with walking. After the first 2 days, most patients can resume their normal activities.
What are side effects of Sclerotherapy?
Besides some stinging pain, Sclerotherapy can rarely cause a few side effects. Allergic reactions are rare. A few individual may develop intense itching at the site of injection.