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Cape Dermatology - Skin Concerns
global developments in Laser and Aesthetics

Discover Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a popular method of eliminating varicose veins and superficial telangiectasia (“spider veins”) on the legs during which a solution, called a sclerosing agent, is injected into the veins.

Sclerotherapy treats the visible blue and bright red veins but it does not treat large veins.

What Can I Expect?

  • You should expect the disappearance for approximately 60% of the visible spider veins after treatment.
  • The legs are dressed in a compression bandage or stocking for 8 hours post-treatment. The legs look bruised for approximately 2 – 4 weeks.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

  • The number of treatments needed to clear or improve the condition differs from patient to patient, depending on the extent of varicose and spider veins present. Usually, patients require between 1 – 3 treatments. These are done a few months or even a year apart, as the legs continue to improve for months after treatment.

How Long Does It Last?

  • This varies between patients, but the effect of sclerotherapy holds well for more than a year. Patients often come for a top-up after 1 or 2 years.