Sclerotherapy is a procedure that treats unwanted or unsightly spider veins on the surface of the legs. Administered by injection, using a liquid sclerosing solution causes the veins walls to swell, stick together an seal shut, stopping the flow of blood. Once sealed shut, the vein will turn into scar tissue and will fade in a few weeks. For desired results, multiple treatments may be necessary approximately four to six weeks apart. The procedure takes approximately 30-40 minutes. Fine Line Aesthetics recommends wearing tight fitted support stocking along with staying out of the direct sun for the next several days post treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Prior to sclerotherapy, you will have an initial consultation. You are not eligible if you are pregnant. You can have sclerotherapy if you take birth control pills. Current blood clots
Prior to sclerotherapy, you should avoid certain medications. Talk to your provider about all medicines (including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and dietary supplements) you are taking. If you need to take an antibiotic before sclerotherapy, contact your doctor. No lotion should be applied to the legs before the procedure.
We recommend avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil, Motrin, and Nuprin) or other anti-inflammatory drugs for 48-72 hours before sclerotherapy. Tylenol, however, should not affect this procedure.
After sclerotherapy you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your regular daily activities. Walking is encouraged.
Also, you should avoid the following for 48 hours after treatment:
- Hot baths
- Hot compresses
- Whirlpools or saunas
- Direct exposure to sunlight