Sclerotherapy uses injections to treat varicose and spider veins with high efficacy. Most clients who have small varicose veins will benefit from this minimally invasive treatment. This involves the injecting of a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution scars the vein to force blood to reroute its path through healthier veins.
Once the vein collapses, it essentially reabsorbs into local tissue and fades with time. Sclerotherapy may require a series of treatments for optimal results. Treated veins typically begin to fade within a few months after treatment.
At Lucere, we can also use Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy (UGFS). Our experts can inject sclerosant into the vein, while the treatment process is monitored on an ultrasound screen. UGFS is effective for allowing veins below the skin surface to be treated.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
- Improved aesthetic appearance
- Improved confidence
- Decreased swelling, aching, burning, and night cramps
This treatment is quite tolerable; however, the injections create some stinging discomfort.
You can return to work immediately or the next day. Moderate exercise can resume in 24 hours. Compression is required to be worn for 2 weeks post treatment.
Treatments & Results
Permanent for the areas treated; however, more can appear with time. 3-5 treatments recommended for optimal results. Maintenance treatments are recommended at 6-month intervals.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure where a chemical solution is injected into varicose veins and causes them to shrink. Benefits include improved aesthetic appearance, improved confidence, as well as decreased swelling, aching, burning and night cramps.
How soon will I see results after my Sclerotherapy treatment?
The final benefits of Sclerotherapy may not be apparent for several months. Most patients experience a 50% improvement with their first treatment, but 3-5 sessions may be needed for optimal results. The number of sessions you need can be determined during your complimentary consultation.
Do Sclerotherapy treatments hurt?
Sclerotherapy treatments are not meant to be a painful experience. During your treatment, a small needle will be inserted into the vein. As the sclerosing solution is injected, a mild to moderate burning sensation may be felt. This normally lasts a few seconds.
What are the side effects of Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy can have several side effects, including:
- Bruising at the site of injection,
- Pigmentation or rust stains may appear when blood leaks into the skin from treated veins,
- A sore at the injection site,
- Inflamed or lumpy blood vessels,
- Some blood vessel may be resistant to treatment, and/or
- Allergic reactions.
How much does Lucere’s Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment cost?
Lucere’s Sclerotherapy ranges between $450-$550 per treatment.
What should be done prior to my Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment?
- In order to optimize your results, we ask that you purchase compression stockings prior to your treatment, and that you bring them with you to your appointment. We recommend compression stockings with 20-30 mm Hg compression. These can be prescribed, and at times, covered through private insurance.
- You should not have a tan at the time of your treatment. Avoid sun exposure in the legs for 1 month prior to your Sclerotherapy treatment.
- Do not use moisturizers on the day of your treatment.
- You may be most comfortable wearing shorts or a skirt for the treatment.
What can I expect after my Sclerotherapy treatment?
- Proper compression following Sclerotherapy is critical for the success of the procedure. Please wear your compression stockings for 24 hours (day and night) after the procedure.
- Compression stockings should be worn at all times until bedtime for 14 days. It is not necessary to sleep with your stockings on. Remove them prior to bathing.
- Bruising and discoloration are common after Sclerotherapy. These issues will resolve after a couple of weeks. It is very important to avoid sun exposure to the treatment areas after Sclerotherapy. Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation in the treated areas. Wear protective clothing and sun block for at least 1 month after the treatment.
- You can exercise 24 hours after your Sclerotherapy treatment. Avoid strenuous, high impact activities for one week after treatment.
- Avoid excessively hot baths, showers, or hot tubs for one week after treatment.
- Occasionally, when treating larger vessels, a small clot or “knot” may develop. If this happens, we would like you to call us. Sometimes we do a simple extraction of this clot to let it dissolve on its own.
- Pain after Sclerotherapy is usually minimal and goes away after 1-2 days. If you experience discomfort, you may take Tylenol or extra-strength Tylenol. If you experience significant pain, redness, swelling, crusting or bleeding, call our office immediately.