What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical treatment used to eliminate the presence of ‘spider veins’ or ‘thread veins’ as they are more commonly known. A chemical called a sclerosant is injected into the affected vein of the leg. This irritates the vessel causing it to collapse. The bloodflow naturally finds another vessel to flow along instead, leaving the ‘spider vein’ clear again so it is no longer visible.
This treatment is ideal for both men and women who have superficial veins that they feel need an improvement in cosmetic appearance. These veins are fine purple in appearance measuring approximately 0-3mm in width. They are particularly common on the legs. Any vein larger than this may be a varicose vein which will need a specialist opinion by a vascular surgeon.
Clients who wish to consider this treatment MUST have a meet specific criteria before the treatment can be administered.
• Medical assessment form complete
• Assessment of leg veins to ensure not varicose
• On day of treatment MUST have Type 2 surgical stockings for after their treatment (or the treament will not be performed)
What to expect?
You will be thoroughly assessed during your free consultation by the Nurse Practitioner who will decide if you are suitable for the treatment. An appointment will then be arranged for your sclerotherapy treatment. You will be advised at this stage to buy a specific type of antiembolic stockings (which can be ordered by your local pharmacist for approximately £15) which you will be asked to bring with you to your treatment appointment.
During your treament appointment the Nurse Practitioner will check there are no medical changes since your last visit and check you have your specialist stockings. Several photographs of your legs will be taken for your medical records.
You will lie or sit on a treatment couch and the sclerosant will be superficially injected into the appropriate vein. Most people describe a prickling or slight nettle sting sensation at first, that then eases. Initially you will have red slightly raised/swollen areas around the injected veins. This usually subsides within 48 hours to a week. Some people experience slight bruising for anything up to 10-14 days.
You will need to wear your anti-embolic stockings for 3 days (first day overnight also).
It is advisable to attend your free follow-up assessment 2 weeks later. Most people see a significant difference very quckly. Within 6 months most people notice over 80% improvement in the appearance of their leg veins.
How much will it cost?
The price is based upon the clinical assessment, professional skill and expertise required and the length of time during a session it will take to inject the veins. Your cost will be made clear during your free assessment.
Clare Gonzalez Advanced Nurse Practitioner
RGN, DipHEd, BmedSci (Hons), Dip, PGDip.
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