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    Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It’s often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins.

    Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

    After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.

    Sclerotherapy is often done for cosmetic purposes — to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins. The procedure can also improve related symptoms such as: aching, swelling, burning and night cramps.

    If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, doctors recommend waiting to have sclerotherapy done.

    *Results may vary from person to person

    Summary Of Your Treatment

    • Procedure Time

      Approx. 30 min

    • Back To Work

      Within 2 Hours

    • Anaesthetic


    • Results

      6-8 Weeks (Depending)

    • Risks & Complications

      Minor Bruising, Swelling, Minor Bleeding

    • Prices

      From £250

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose and spider veins. It involves the injection of a special solution (sclerosant) directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse, seal shut, and eventually fade from view.

    2. How does sclerotherapy work to treat varicose and spider veins? Sclerotherapy works by irritating the inner lining of the targeted veins, leading to their closure and absorption by the body. Blood flow is rerouted through healthier veins.

    3. Is sclerotherapy painful? Most patients experience minimal discomfort during sclerotherapy. The injection needles are very fine, and any discomfort is usually brief and mild.

    4. Are there any risks or side effects associated with sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy is generally safe but may have mild side effects, including bruising, swelling, redness, or itching at the injection site. Serious complications are rare and should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

    5. How long does a sclerotherapy session typically take? A sclerotherapy session usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the number of veins being treated.

    6. How many sclerotherapy sessions are usually needed to see results? The number of sessions required varies, but many patients see significant improvement after one to three sessions.

    7. How soon can I expect to see results after a sclerotherapy treatment? You may start to notice results within a few weeks, but it may take several months for the treated veins to fade completely.

    8. Is there any downtime or recovery period after sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy typically requires no downtime. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.

    9. Can I return to normal activities immediately after a sclerotherapy session? Yes, most individuals can return to their regular activities right after a sclerotherapy treatment.

    10. Are there any restrictions on physical activities after sclerotherapy? Strenuous exercise and prolonged sun exposure should be avoided for a few days following the procedure.

    11. Who is a suitable candidate for sclerotherapy? Suitable candidates include those with varicose or spider veins seeking cosmetic improvement or relief from associated symptoms. A consultation with a healthcare provider will determine candidacy.

    12. What types of veins can be treated with sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy is effective for treating both small spider veins and larger varicose veins.

    13. Are the results of sclerotherapy permanent? Sclerotherapy can provide long-lasting results, but new veins may develop over time, requiring occasional touch-up treatments.

    14. Are there any lifestyle changes or post-treatment care recommendations for sclerotherapy? Wearing compression stockings and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help support the results and prevent new vein issues.

    15. Does health insurance typically cover the cost of sclerotherapy? Insurance coverage varies. While cosmetic procedures are usually not covered, treatments for symptomatic varicose veins may be eligible for coverage.

    16. What is the cost of sclerotherapy, and does it vary by location? The cost varies by location and provider but can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per session.

    17. How long has sclerotherapy been used as a vein treatment? Sclerotherapy has been used for several decades and has evolved with advancements in medical techniques and technology.

    18. Are there alternative treatments for varicose and spider veins? Yes, alternatives include laser therapy, radiofrequency ablation, and surgical procedures. Consultation with a healthcare provider can help determine the most suitable treatment for your condition.

    19. Can sclerotherapy be used to treat veins in different parts of the body? While sclerotherapy is most commonly used to treat leg veins, it can be used to treat veins in other areas of the body as well.

    20. Are there any age restrictions for undergoing sclerotherapy? Sclerotherapy is generally safe for adults, but the suitability of the treatment depends on an individual’s specific medical condition and needs. Consultation with a healthcare provider is essential to determine eligibility.

    Please note that individual experiences may vary, and it’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider or vein specialist for personalized information and guidance regarding sclerotherapy.

    After Care
    • Your veins will look worse before they get better. You may have bruising, red marks and you may have some brown pigmentation (looks like fading bruising) which, in rare cases, can take up to 18 months to fade.Following the aftercare advice helps speed up the healing process and minimises the risk of side effects:
    • Take a 10 minute walk immediately after treatment
    • Wear your support hosiery day and night for 72 hours; at the end of the 72 hours you may take the stocking off and have a short cool shower or bath. Thereafter, wear your support stocking during the day for 7 days; you may take it off at night. After the 7 days, wear your hosiery as often as you can, for as long as you can.
    • Avoid extremes of temperature for 14 days i.e. very hot baths, saunas, sun beds.
    • Avoid sun exposure for 4 weeks – pigmentation may take longer to fade.
    • Avoid high impact exercise for 2 weeks.
    • Avoid waxing of the legs for 4 weeks.
    • Elevate your legs as much as possible for the first 2 weeks- when you are seated.
    • If you are planning air travel discuss with your practitioner who will advise.
    • Consider wearing support hosiery long term to minimize thread vein recurrence.
    • Do not be alarmed that the thread veins look worse, this is normal.
    • Rarely, patients who have had sclerotherapy may suffer symptoms of serious allergic reaction and should seek urgent medical assistance. If you suffer any of the following symptoms, please dial emergency services; itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help immediately if you have any breathing problems.
    • Rarely, patients who have had sclerotherapy may suffer symptoms of DVT and if so, should seek immediate medical advice. Symptoms include pain, heat and swelling of the calf.
    Treatment Price
    • A single treatment: From £250
    • A course of 3 sessions: £600 (Depending on assessment)
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