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Sclerotherapy – Vein Treatment

What sclerotherapy can do for you?

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat smaller veins (1-4mm in diameter) and “spider veins”. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution directly into these veins, causing them to collapse.

How does it work?

A solution is injected very superficially with a tiny needle into the veins, causing the lining of the vein to be damaged in-order to adhere. Compression is then applied to close the veins and over a period of time the vein will heal in this way and eventually fade away. Sclerotherapy is a relatively painless procedure, safe but not entirely without risk.The two most common side effects are haemosiderin deposition and telangiectatic matting. These will be discussed in detail with each individual during consultation.

Two to three treatments, once every four weeks might be necessary in severe cases.  Maintenance treatments are advised. 

What you need to do before the procedure?

  • Do not use bath oils, lotions or creams on your legs for 24 hours prior to your injections.
  • Refrain from taking NSAIDS, eg. Disprin, Nurofen, Brufen, Voltaren, Coxflam etc. for 2 weeks prior to
  • Dress in loose clothing, jogging trousers or skirt and comfortable shoes to accommodate  the support hosiery.
  • If you have already been supplied with a support stocking bring it with you on the day of  treatment.

Frequently asked questions?

How will I know if I am a candidate for sclerotherapy?

Prior to the procedure, you will have an initial consultation with one or our specialised Dr’s who will tell you if you are eligible for sclerotherapy. You are not eligible for sclerotherapy if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or are bedridden. You must wait at least three months after birth before you can be considered for this procedure.

Where can I get compression stockings for after my treatment?

Compression stockings are available at DermaCare. These are compulsory and come at an additional cost. They are available in two colours, Black & Beige. Please contact us prior to your appointment as we need to order these 2 weeks in advance.

Can I have Sclerotherapy while taking birth control pills?

You can have sclerotherapy if you take birth control pills. If you have had a blood clot in the past, your eligibility will be decided on an individual basis, and will depend on the extremity and the reason for the clot.

How long must I wear my compression stockings after sclerotherapy treatment?

Compression stockings must be worn day and night for 72 hours, after 72 hours you may take the stockings off and have a short cool shower of bath. There after wear your stockings 2 weeks continuously day and night.

Can I exercise after my treatment?

Take a 10 minute walk immediately after your treatment. There after avoid high impact exercises for at least 2 weeks.

Before and after