What is Sclerotherapy?
Eliminating “spider veins” by injecting them with a solution (hypertonic saline or sotradecol).

Does Sclerotherapy work for everyone?
Most patients have good results. There is no guarantee that it will be effective and approximately 10% of patients will have poor to fair results.

How many treatments does it take?
The number of treatments differ from person to person. Individual veins usually require 1-3 treatments.

What are the side effects?
Mild itching.
Hyperpigmentation-approximately 10% of patients may notice light brown streaks after
treatment. It may last 4-12 months.
Ulceration-rarely patients may have allergic reaction to the sclerosing solution.
Pain and bruising.
Matting-this is the development of new tiny blood vessels. This occurs in up to 10% of
patients and may resolve in 4-6 months.

Before Your Treatment
Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for 2 days before treatment because these may increase
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as these may delay healing.
Do not shave your legs the day of your appointment to avoid discomfort.
Shower and wash your legs prior to our appointment, but do not use moisturizers.
You may want to wear shorts during the treatment.

After Your Treatment
Put on support stockings after your procedure. You will have cotton balls and tape on the
treated areas which may be removed after a few hours.
Maintain usual activities but avoid high-impact aerobics for 48 hours.
Wear support stockings as instructed (15-30 mm Hg)
The areas treated will bruise and often look worse than before treatment. The veins start
to fade in the next 2-6 weeks.
You may be re-treated in 6-8 weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office.

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