Treated veins often disappear after sclerotherapy within a few weeks, however, occasionally it may take a month or longer to observe the complete effects. Multiple sessions of sclerotherapy may be required in some cases.
The Procedure for Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy typically involves injecting a salt solution straight into a vein using a very small needle. When bigger veins are injected at this stage, you could feel some slight pain and cramp for one to two minutes. The actual operation lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.
The number of veins that are injected in a single session varies depending on the size and location of the veins as well as the patient's overall health.
A dermatologist or surgeon will administer sclerotherapy at the doctor's office; following the procedure, you must refrain from engaging in any aerobic exercise for a few days.
What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy benefits include:
No anesthesia: A little discomfort is felt when the bandage on the vein is sufficiently compressed. In addition, compression may reduce swelling and bruising. Good outcomes for the majority of individuals. Smaller varicose veins respond particularly effectively to sclerosant treatment. An estimated 50% to 80% of the injected veins may disappear throughout a session. About 10% of the time, sclerotherapy is unsuccessful. If this occurs, your healthcare professional may attempt several treatments or a novel approach, such as laser therapy.
Results for tiny veins come rather quickly. Larger veins may take three to four months to respond to therapy, although spider veins often do so in three to six weeks.
Spider veins or varicose veins won't recur after good treatment. However, if any new varicose veins develop, you could need treatment.