What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy (vein treatment) is a non-surgical procedure that is commonly used for varicose veins/spider veins but may also be used to treat other conditions like haemorrhoids and lymph vessel malformations. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a fluid into a vein that scars the vein, causing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein gets absorbed into the surrounding tissue and disappears over time. Treated veins usually diminish within a few weeks after sclerotherapy, though it may take a month or more in some instances to observe the full benefits. Multiple sclerotherapy treatments may be required in some cases.

Sclerotherapy is commonly used to treat:

  • Varicose and spider veins can be improved for cosmetic reasons

In addition, the technique can help with symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Night Cramps

What does the procedure involve?

It only requires an injection into the vein. The injection is filled with a sclerosant, which is an irritant and causes the vein to shrink away. Sclerotherapy is usually performed without anaesthetic at your doctor's office. It takes less than an hour to complete on average. Dr Klutch will use a small needle to slowly inject a solution into the suitable vein after cleaning the area to be treated with alcohol. A compression pad may be applied to the injection site to keep the region compressed.


How long does recovery take?

This is a lunch-time procedure with no downtime. Minimal discomfort can occur. Soon after the treatment, you'll be able to get up and stroll around. It is critical to walk and move your legs to avoid the formation of blood clots. To keep the treated veins compressed, you'll be instructed to wear compression stockings or bandages for around two weeks. Most individuals go back to work the next day, although it's a good idea to have someone drive you home following the treatment.


1Does sclerotherapy work immediately?
In three to six weeks, you should see definitive results if treated for minor varicose veins or spider veins. More prominent veins could take three to four months to heal. Multiple treatments, on the other hand, may be required to get the desired results.
2What can go wrong in sclerotherapy?
Hyperpigmentation, temporary swelling, capillary dilation (telangiectatic matting), pain from the injection, localised hives, tape compression blister, tape compression folliculitis, and recurrence are all risks, side effects, and complications of sclerotherapy. Other risks, side effects, and complications include vasovagal reflex, localised hair growth (hirsutism), skin death (cutaneous necrosis), allergic reaction, superficial thrombosis.
3Does sclerotherapy hurt?
This technique is not painless because it involves injections through the skin. Sclerosants (injectable compounds) are more likely to induce discomfort than others. It is often more painful if the sclerosant is accidentally deposited outside the vein.

When should I see a plastic surgeon?

For physical conditions that may necessitate a visit to a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, you will most likely be referred to Dr Klutch by your doctor. However, for cosmetic procedures, you can consult Dr Klutch whenever you are ready for plastic surgery.