Sclerotherapy

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What is it?

Many of us suffer from thread or varicose veins. They occur when the valves in our veins are struggling to work at full capacity and cannot push the blood around as well as they should - the result of sitting or standing for long periods of time, inactivity or even inherited traits.

How does it work?

Sclerotherapy works by using a very fine needle to inject a solution into the uppermost surfaces of the vein. This causes the lining of the vein to swell and become sticky. Compression is then applied to close the veins. Over a period of time the vein will heal closed, and fade away. When used in combination with laser treatment, Sclerotherapy gives reliably successful results.

How many sessions are needed?

The results achieved after one treatment vary from one client to another. You should budget for a minimum of 4 treatments spaced 6 to 12 weeks apart and you can expect an improvement in their appearance of 60 – 80%.

What does it feel like?

There is a little sting accompanying each injection. The burning sensation lasts few seconds. Most individuals tolerate the procedure and do not require any type of anaesthesia. Most patients claim that the procedure is much less than painful than what they anticipated.

Are there any side effects?

Besides a slight stinging pain, sclerotherapy can rarely cause side effects. Allergic reactions are rare although a few individuals may develop intense itching at the site of injection and swelling. If the chemical is injected outside the vein, profound discoloration and pain can occur.

Stelios Kyriakides