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.
You should expect the disappearance for approximately 60% of the visible spider veins after a 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. Results are seen after about 4 months of treatment.
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.
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.