More on Sclerotherapy

How does it work?

Sclerotherapy works on the appearance of being from the hips down by blocking a blood vessel's path so it eventually dies off.

"Sclero" in Latin means hard, and whilst we can't feel the veins get hard, this is essentially what happens, leading them to disappear. 

How is it carried out?

Initially, we will ask you to fill in a medical form in order to get the prescription for your treatment. 

when we see you, we will go through all the paperwork, ensuring you are fully informed and know exactly what to expect from you treatment. Unfortunately we are unable to numb the area, due to the fact the numbing cream can make veins disappear and so to compensate for this, we use very very small needles (34G) which you can barely feel (it also has the benefit of getting those really tiny veins!)

When we are ready, we will clean the area to be treated and inject the relevant veins with the sclerosing agent. Afterwards, we will clean up again and use special balm to rub over the skin to soothe it and reduce the chance of bruising.

How quick does it work?

Occasionally, you will see the effects straight away and sometimes you may need several treatments. You may experience bruising, which can last a few weeks and it can therefore take up to 12 weeks before you get your final result. 

How far does 1ml go?

We get asked this a lot and we wish the answer was straightforward!

This completely depends on your veins, as some will find 1ml can do all of their areas of concerned, and some may find it barely touches one. We are very careful with our technique to maximise the effect of the treatment as we like to try and get as far as we can with as little as possible and often challenge ourselves to do this. When we get it perfect, you'll know because you'll hear our squeak of joy (if you haven't watched the video on the previous page you can do so here and you'll see why we squeak!

Are there side effects or risks?

Risks and side effects include:

  • bruising
  • stinging
  • swelling
  • skin discoloration 
  • discomfort
  • raised red areas that appear around the injection sites

(These will usually go within a few days)

Pigmentation may occur and usually goes within 3-6 months, however may become permanent. 

Other side effects may include:

  • allergic reaction
  • ulceration 
  • blood clots
  • inflammation 

Is it safe for me to have?

Sclerotherapy is safe, however for some people, it is not possible to carry out such as:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding ladies
  • Those with allergies to the agent
  • Those with History of DVT
  • Those with an active infection on the area
  • Those with prolonged reduced mobility

 

How can I prepare for my treatment?

Firstly, ask questions and make sure you are 100% happy!

Ladies- avoid your time of the month!

Don't wear make up to your appointment if you can avoid it.

Do not drink alcohol for a couple of days before your treatment and don’t plan on going swimming or doing anything where water or chemicals might touch the treated area.

Look at our contact us page to find out about where all our local car parks are.

 

Are there any restrictions after?

Don't rub the area

Avoid any treatments in the area a couple of weeks either side.

Avoid alcohol, smoking and anti-inflammatories for a few days afterwards.

Avoid swimming, steam rooms and saunas and going to the gym for a few days. 

Do not have a shower or bath for a couple of days.

Avoid any activity that may make you hot

 

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