Sclerotherapy – Spider & Varicose Veins Treatment
Sclerotherapy – Varicose Veins & Spider Veins Treatment Sydney
Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure. It is commonly performed for the treatment of spider and varicose veins. Sometimes it is combined with laser treatment at the time of the procedure.
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Frequently asked questions
How many treatments will it take?
differ in the extent of their problem and therefore also in the amount of treatment needed. It is unusual for patients to need more than four treatments, and very common for only one or two treatments to be necessary.
Is it effective?
Sclerotherapy is very effective. The success rate is 85%, and depends on the blood flow between superficial and deep network veins.
What is injected?
The most commonly used injections are Polidocanol, high strength saline and Sodium Tetradecyl.
Why do I have to wear compression stockings?
Compression stockings are very important as they are used to keep the pressure on the treated area in order to produce a better result, and to increase comfort for the patient. You usually need to wear these for 2-3 days (without removing them), and longer for more severe cases. The Doctor will advise you the appropriate time to wear stockings. Sponge baths will be necessary – no showers while you are wearing them for 2-3 days.
Will the veins come back?
Usually, the treated veins should not come back, but new veins may develop over time.
How much is involved in one session?
Usually, one leg is treated completely in one session. However, some patients have so many veins that this is not practical.
How long will I need off work?
You will not need to take time off work other than for your appointment.
Do not plan any strenuous exercise, go back to the gym or fly internationally for at least the first 48 hours.
What will my legs look like straight afterwards?
You will be wearing bandages and compression stockings. It is a good idea to wear pants or a long skirt for your appointment. Leggings are not appropriate as the pressure bandages make your legs look lumpy. The veins do then to go slightly darker in colour before they disappear due to the colour of the blood inside the vein as it closes.
How does it work?
Sclerotherapy works by blocking off the vein and stopping the blood flow in it. Without blood flowing through it, the vein will become invisible.
What could the complications be?
Complications occur in less than 1% of patients. The most common complication is to have a small dark mark at the injections site for a while. This is very uncommon with the use of Polidocanol. It is more common with Sodium Tetradecyl. For most patients these marks fade very quickly, usually within two to three weeks. Some patients develop more tiny veins as a result of sclerotherapy. For most patients these fade quickly, and for others very gentle conservative treatment or laser treatment is necessary. A small scar may result from treatment, however this is extremely rare.
How much does it cost?
The charge for sclerotherapy is $250 per half hour treatment session. You will also need to purchase bandages and compression stockings with will cost $50 each (one off expenses).
Is it covered by private health insurance or Medicare?
Medicare will pay a rebate for the treatment of varicose veins of about $70.
Does it hurt?
Most patients find the treatment uncomfortable, but much less so than they had anticipated.
How much time do I have to leave between Sclerotherapy sessions?
usually leave three weeks between sessions on the same leg, and one week for alternative legs to allow time for healing.
Dr Roberts’ extended experience in both the dermatological and surgical specialties has enabled him to develop a holistic approach in the cosmetic and beauty industry. His practice is focused on achieving natural looking beauty by the application of both surgical and non-surgical skills.