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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive treatment for varicose veins and vessel malformations, performed in our Chiltern Street clinic by Dr Solomon. A safe and effective way of reducing the sight and pain of veins.

If you are one of thousands of people who experience broken veins (spider veins ) and varicose veins, you’ll know that they can be a nuisance at best and even painful when it comes to varicose veins.

At Dr MediSpa, we offer a quick and simple procedure called sclerotherapy which is performed by Dr Solomon at our Marylebone clinic. This treatment can permanently eradicate spider veins and varicose veins and leave the skin looking clearer and more attractive. It’s a non-surgical procedure and there is no need for an overnight stay in hospital or lengthy recovery time.

What is sclerotherapy?

Micro-sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive effective, simple and quick treatment for the removal of varicose veins or vessel malformations. Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat blood vessels or blood vessel malformations and also those of the lymphatic system. Chemicals/medicine (known as sclerosing agents) are injected into the vessels, causing them to collapse and stick together, which, in-turn makes them shrink and visibly disappear.

What are varicose veins? What are spider veins?

Spider veins are small veins which have been damaged and are visible on the surface of the skin as red or purple ‘squiggles’. These are not painful or harmful but can compromise the look of the skin.

Varicose veins are larger, swollen and raised veins that usually appear on the legs and feet. They appear as blue or dark purple and have a swollen, lumpy and bulging appearance. Varicose veins can cause aching, heavy or uncomfortable legs and swollen feet or ankles.

Spider veins and varicose veins tend to appear as we get older. Certain lifestyle factors can cause these unsightly veins and these include standing for long periods of time, straining or heavy lifting and environmental factors such as extreme temperatures. Spider veins and varicose veins can run in families and if your elders suffered with them, the chances are, you may too.

Which areas can sclerotherapy treat?

Sclerotherapy is advised for bodily areas such as the legs. It is not generally advisable to have sclerotherapy on the face, as the medication used can discolour the skin and even damage the delicate skin on the face.

What happens during a sclerotherapy (micro-sclerotherapy) procedure?

After cleansing and sterilising your skin, Dr Solomon will use a fine needle to slowly insert the medication into the veins to be treated. Once the substance has been injected, the doctor will apply compression to the area and gently massage it to keep any blood out of the injected vessel and to disperse the solution. A special pressure pad may be used to keep the area compressed, whilst the doctor moves on to treat the next vein.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am suitable for sclerotherapy?

Most patients who are experiencing spider or varicose are suitable for sclerotherapy. However, as will most cosmetic treatments, there are some contraindications that can restrict you from having this procedure. Prior to any treatment here at Dr MediSpa, we will request that you attend a no obligation, pre-treatment consultation with Dr Solomon, so that he can assess your individual concerns and examine the area to be treated as well as discuss your expectations for results and check your medical history.

This helps him to make sure that you have no contraindications to the treatment and that it will produce the results you’re seeking.

Is Sclerotherapy painful?

Some patients express that they feel some minor stinging or cramping of the treated area, when the needle is inserted. Some medications (sclerosants) can cause more discomfort than others. However, many sclerotherapy medications now contain Lidocaine, an anaesthetic, to minimise any discomfort that you might experience.

When will I see the results from sclerotherapy?

You may need a number of sessions to maintain the results which will be discussed in depth in your initial consultation at Dr MediSpa, however the disappearance of the veins can be seen immediately after injection. Research has shown that a sclerotherapy treatment typically removes varicose veins in 75% to 90% of cases.

How many treatments of sclerotherapy will I need?

This all depends on the type of vein and the number of veins you have treated. In your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss your requirements and give you an idea of how many sessions you may require for optimum results.

Is there any downtime to sclerotherapy?

There is little to none downtime after having sclerotherapy treatment. You’ll be able to return back to your daily activities immediately! In the first 24 hours post sclerotherapy you may be advised to wear compression garments

How long will the results last?

The results from sclerotherapy are permanent for the veins that have been treated. However, this treatment can’t prevent the formation of new veins, should you be susceptible. However, there are ways in which you can prevent new veins from appearing and can discuss how to minimise the risks of new veins appearing, with your doctor in your pre-treatment consultation.

For more information about sclerotherapy, or to book your consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.

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