Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Used since the 1930s, sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution (generally a salt solution) directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.
Candidates for Sclerotherapy
How Sclerotherapy Is Done
In most cases of sclerotherapy, the salt solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for one to two minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
The number of veins injected in one session varies, depending on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.
Sclerotherapy is performed in Transcend MedSpa and requires that you do not engage in any aerobic activity for a few days after the procedure.
What to Do Before Sclerotherapy
Prior to sclerotherapy, you should avoid certain medications. You should talk to Dr. Epstein about all of the medications that you are taking, including over the counter drugs, herbs, dietary supplements and prescriptions. If you need to take an antibiotic before sclerotherapy, contact your doctor. No lotion should be applied to the legs before the procedure.
Dr. Epstein recommends avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen (such as Advil®, Motrin®, and Nuprin®) or other anti-inflammatory drugs for 48 to 72 hours before sclerotherapy. Tylenol®, however, should not affect this procedure.