Sclerotherapy can be performed in one of two ways.
- Veins that can be seen on the surface can be injected without the use of ultrasound.
- If the vein lies under the surface of the skin, the doctor will need to use ultrasound technology to be able to “see” the vein so that it can be injected.
An initial ultrasound scan is often performed before your first visit to the Centre to determine whether there are any veins hidden under the surface of the skin. If present, treatment of these “hidden” veins is usually necessary to give a better result with the veins that are seen on the surface.
Two of the commonest types of surface veins are frequently seen in combination. “Spider veins” are the finest and are usually fed by larger bluish “Reticular veins”.
Surface veins are often numerous, widespread and usually require several treatments. However, is most cases patients can expect to see at least a 75% improvement in their surface veins after one treatment. Most patients require 2 treatments for each leg to achieve the result they are looking for.
The sclerotherapy treatment involves the injection of a sclerosant detergent solution through a tiny needle into the diseased vein. This causes the vein wall to collapse. The veins dissolve and disappear as the body gradually absorbs them.
All treatments performed at the Vein & Laser Centre require the wearing of a Class 2 compression stocking after the procedure for a variable amount of time. The length of time the stocking needs to be worn varies from 5 days to 2 weeks depending on the size of the veins injected and the treatment method provided. The stockings may be claimable from your health fund if you have ancillary cover.