Sclerotherapy is an injection procedure that can help remove unsightly spider veins on the face or legs. Spider veins tend to be very fine veins which are red or purple in colour. Spider veins are usually a hereditary problem and often occur due to pregnancy, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, as well as in people whose jobs require standing all day. You can help minimise the development of spider veins with regular exercise, weight control, and wearing support stockings while working. Sclerotherapy at Silkwood Medical is limited to spider veins on the legs. However, if larger blue veins or varicose veins are noted, a referral will be made to an exceptional practitioner specialising in larger vein therapy.*

The Procedure

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a sclerosant solution directly into the vessel to be treated. The vessel reacts to the fluid by constricting and eventually shutting down. With time the vessels fade and gradually become invisible. Treatment sessions are usually 30-45 minutes. Improvement is noticeable within a couple of weeks from the first treatment. Depending on the prominence and number of vessels treated, several sessions three to four weeks apart may be required. Avoiding sclerotherapy around the time of your period is advised for best comfort and minimal bruising.*

Recovery after Sclerotherapy

There is minimal pain involved, but you may experience minor bruising generally. You do not need to wear support stockings after treatments and may return to work immediately. Heavy exercise is discouraged the day of treatment, but may be resumed the next day.*

Frequently Asked Questions

Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to eliminate both varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The solution then irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse and stick together and the blood to clot and “disappear”*
People who have superficial spider veins with no medical contraindications.
The most common area to treat are the legs and some instances the face can be treated.
In principle, sclerotherapy can be done at any time. After the treatment you will need to wear compression stockings for a few days up to a few weeks and not have saunas, not use solariums, and not sunbathe for a while. Most people prefer to have sclerotherapy in the colder months.
If you take aspirin or blood thinners, your doctor may instruct you on how to stop taking these medications for a certain period of time before the procedure, to reduce the chances of bleeding.

Depending on which veins are involved, your doctor may request that you have an ultrasound imaging done on the veins in your legs. Ultrasound is a painless procedure that uses sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body.

Sclerotherapy uses an injection of a special chemical (sclerosant) into the varicose vein to damage and scar the inside lining of the vein. This causes the vein to close.
Costs vary depending on each unique individuals circumstances. To get a quote for Sclerotherapy, please contact our office on 02 9387 3900 and book a consultation with Dr Margot Campion.
Some may experience minor stinging or cramping when the needle is inserted into the vein. If you have a lot of pain, please advise Dr Campion. Pain may occur if the solution leaks from the vein into surrounding tissue. Once the needle is withdrawn, Dr Campion applies compression and massages the area to keep blood out of the injected vessel and disperse the solution.
It is not necessary to take any pain medication for sclerotherapy. After sclerotherapy, it is normal to have some pain in your legs. It is also normal to have some black and blue areas and some areas that feel hard, especially where the veins were very noticeable. Only take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief. Do NOT take aspirin, Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen), or other types of anti-inflammatory drugs that affect blood clotting.
You won’t need any downtown time after sclerotherapy treatments. In fact, we encourage our patients to walk and remain active after their sclerotherapy treatment.
We encourage walking immediately after a schlerotherapy treatment and then daily for several days.  Avoid strenuous exercise, long plane flights, sunbathing and hot baths and saunas for approximately 3-7 days after sclerotherapy treatments. Compression stockings may be required to be worn for a period of time.
The same area should not be injected for 1 – 2 months to allow for complete healing. Different areas may be treated every week.

*All claims are clinically proven by reputable medical bodies.

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