Sclerotherapy

Treatment for veins on the legs.

Sclerotherapy

What causes thread veins and varicose veins

50% of the population will develop problems with their leg veins during their life. In most cases there is a family history so the cause is likely to be genetic. Women in particular find the appearance of thread veins quite distressing but can be reassured that; a) though unsightly they are unlikely to cause symptoms or medical problems and, b) they can be treated and their appearance significantly improved.

Skintalks offers a thorough Doppler ultrasound assessment and diagnosis of your veins to exclude underlying problems in order to offer the best treatment option for you.

What is Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a safe, painless and well-established treatment for thread veins on the legs. A solution is injected with a very tiny needle, very superficially into the veins, causing the lining of the vein to break down. This damage to the vein wall triggers a healing response which over several weeks causes the vein to close and fade away.

Sclerotherapy veins

What results can I expect

The results are not immediate. The veins look worse before they get better and the treatment may need to be repeated at 4 -12-week intervals. Most patients see a 60 – 80% improvement in the appearance of the veins somewhere between one and four treatments.

Are the results permanent

The veins that are successfully treated will not recover but this is a treatment for the symptoms not a cure for the underlying causes so new veins may develop over time.

Is this a safe treatment?

This is a very safe treatment but as with any other treatment, not entirely without risk. This treatment is not suitable for everyone. Your practitioner will take a medical history and discuss the possible risks and complications with you prior to treatment. An individual treatment plan will be developed to meet your specific needs.

Is there any special aftercare?

You may resume normal activities immediately. You will be given special medical hosiery to wear for a week after the treatment, this looks like normal hosiery and you will have a choice of colours and styles. You will be advised to take a 10-minute walk immediately afterwards, to avoid high impact exercise for 2 weeks, no steaming hot baths, showers, saunas or sunbeds for 2 weeks and no waxing for 4 weeks. Please discuss any long-haul travel plans within 4 weeks of treatment with the practitioner. Written aftercare instructions will always be given and a 24 hour emergency contact anumber.

Frequently asked questions

Who Is A Good Candidate for A Sclerotherapy Procedure?

In general, the sclerotherapy procedure is an excellent choice as long as you aren’t pregnant or have a history of blood clots in the treatment area. Most vein specialists prefer sclerotherapy for spider veins over laser treatments, particularly on the legs.

Is Sclerotherapy Safe?

Sclerotherapy is considered safe for most patients. During your initial consultation, we will go over your medical history and examine your veins to determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment. This will include going over your medications, health conditions you’re currently being treated for, and any allergies you have. For most healthy patients, sclerotherapy is safe with only mild, short-term side-effects.

What Are the Possible Side Effects of A Sclerotherapy Treatment?

All medical treatments carry a certain degree of risks. However, side effects following a sclerotherapy procedure are generally very mild and well tolerated.

What Is the Recovery Time Following Sclerotherapy Injections?

One of the great things about a sclerotherapy procedure is that it carries no downtime. You will be able to immediately return to your regular routine. We even encourage you to continue your normal fitness routine, as it will help speed along recovery.

What Is the Effectiveness of a Sclerotherapy Procedure? What If It Didn’t Work?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the success rate of sclerotherapy remains steady at approximately 60 to 80 percent. In the 20 to 40 percent of cases where treatment doesn’t show full results after a single treatment, the sclerotherapy procedure can be repeated to improve your results.

Cost of Sclerotherapy

£300.00

1st treatment, includes medical hosiery.

£200.00

for all further treatments

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