What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a procedure that uses small needles and a natural chemical that is injected into the veins. This works to strip the inside of the vein. A cotton wool bud or roll is then applied to compress the vein and stop the blood flow through it. This usually causes the vein to wither and die.

Note: Not all veins may go at the first treatment and you may need multiple treatments for smaller stubborn veins.

Common names

Spider vein treatment, leg vein treatment, vein removal, thread vein treatment, vein injections, saline vein injections, or varicose vein injections.

Targeted areas

Legs

Procedure Information

Procedure Type

Non Surgical

Cost

from $299

Improvement

Blue or purple veins will disappear or be visibly reduces

Results

Not all veins may go at the first treatment and multiple treatments for smaller stubborn veins may be needed

Recovery Time

No downtime but stocking to be worn for 3-7 days after treatment

Treatable Area's

Legs and face

What happens before your session?

For starters, you must be well and have avoided blood thinning medication, such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory medication if possible. The leg area should be clean and dry, and preferably without moisturiser.

What happens during the treatment?

You lay flat and within 15 to 30 mins the area is treated with fine needles. Discomfort can range from nothing to a sensation similar to a bee sting. Entinox (laughing gas) is available if you feel greater discomfort.

Cotton wool buds and a stocking are placed on the leg. Surgical stockings of 15 to 20 mm of mercury are available from some pharmacies. A cheaper alternative is fitted tubi grip, which is worn immediately after the treatment. These should also be worn in bed, although can be removed if uncomfortable. They must be replaced once you stand up.

What happens after the treatment?

Generally, you must go for a 15-minute walk within 1 to 2 hours after treatment.

A stocking is worn for 24 hours and is then removed, along with cotton wool buds. The stocking is replaced for the next 3-7 days. While showering, the stocking may be covered by a clean garbage bag.

Your other leg or another area can be treated 24 hours later.

You should wait at least 24 hours until you exercise, as the cotton wool buds can cause friction blisters. Once these are removed, exercise is more acceptable. The area should be kept clean and dry after exercise.

You shouldn’t fly for at least 2 weeks after this treatment.

The area can be bruised for between 1-6 weeks, and the end results can take up to 3 months.

Note: A comprehensive list of post-treatment instructions will be given to you, and you must follow these closely.

Why choose Absolute for this treatment?

  • Our medical professionals have injected thousands of veins with very few problems.
  • We use an injecting solution that is now less painful and more successful.
  • Dr Murray was involved in one of the first trials of this solution.
  • A full history and examination is carried out before your treatment by a qualified doctor.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk.  Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

"Dr Murray was involved in one of the first trials of the solution used in Sclerotherapy."

How can we help?

Whether you have a treatment in mind, or you have a condition that you’d like to discuss with one of our professionals, please make an enquiry using this form. Be sure to include your ideal date and time for your appointment

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