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SPIDER VIEN TREATMENT - SCLEROTHERAPY
Varicose veins and spider veins are extremely common. Approximately 20% of all adults develop varicose veins with females being affected slightly more often than males.Spider veins on the other hand are predominantly a cosmetic problem in women and it is estimated that 50% of all women will at some stage develop spider veins. Causes are:
Family history plays the most important part in determining whether or not veins will develop. Most patients presenting for treatment will have one or both parents, or immediate family members, similarly affected.
Pregnancy can either cause veins to appear for the first time or aggravate existing ones.
Hormonal factors by way of the oral contraceptive pill, hormone replacement therapy and pregnancy are considered contributory to the development of surface veins.
Standing for long periods is also regarded a contributing factor.
Local trauma can sometimes produce a localised area of surface veins at the site of the injury.
What is Sclerotherapy?
As ultra-fine needles are used there is very little discomfort from the needle itself. Occasionally there may be a slight stinging sensation from the sclerosant at the site of injection but this usually lasts only about a minute or so.
Is it painful?
Sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for the eradication of both spider veins that do not require surgery. Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a chemical substance called a sclerosant directly into the unsightly vein where it irritates the lining of the vessel wall. The resulting reaction causes the vein to progressively shrivel and disappear.
Sclerotherapy is a very simple procedure and does not involve any hospital admission or anaesthetic. Treatments are carried out in our clinic and you are able to go home or back to work immediately after the treatment. There is no need for time off work after treatment and you can continue your usual work or home duties in the normal way.
However, for Sclerotherapy to be successful it is essential that compression stockings be worn for a period anywhere between 5 and 10 days after each treatment, the actual period required depending on the size of the veins being treated.
How is the procedure done?