In the previous article, we looked at what spider veins are, what causes the condition and how the initial consultations would be like. In this concluding part of the article, we will look at the actual procedure of sclerotherapy, the possible risks involved, the expected results and the recovery.
The actual procedure:
Most surgeons will follow the same steps, during a sclerotherapy procedure and these would include:
There is also the option of laser treatment, in which the veins are treated using laser, wherein an intense beam of laser is directed onto the spider vein. The laser will penetrate the skin and thus destroys the vein. One session might not be enough for widespread spider veins, and many a times, laser therapy is used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.
The cost of sclerotherapy would be dependent on several factors, such as:
Many insurance policies will not cover sclerotherapy or spider vein treatment, which is why it is important that you read your policy carefully, before finalising the procedure.
Possible risks and complications:
No surgery or medical procedure is without certain risks and sclerotherapy is no different. There is always the chance that something goes wrong during the procedure, although in the hands of an expert, there is little scope of that happening. However, the possible risks and complications include:
The appearance of your skin will start to improve from the very first session and over time, it will keep improving. However, there is always the possibility that new spider veins start to appear over time. It is important that you monitor the condition constantly, because there is always the chance of its recurrence. In case the same happens, you will need to repeat your treatment.
In the days immediately after the surgery, you will be asked to wear supportive clothes, which will be essential for the proper healing. There is bound to be some bruising and swelling in the sites, where the sclerotherapy solution was injected. There might also be cramping, which is natural and in most cases, no medication is required for the same.
In most cases, people are able to return to their normal routines within a few days’ time, however, special care will be required, in order to ensure that there is no infection.
Week 1: Support stockings might have to be worn for three to six weeks, and you will be asked to avoid lifting heavy objects and running. The dressing that would have been applied post-surgery will be removed and you might notice some bruising. Your doctor will suggest that you walk short distances at regular intervals and not sit or stand for long durations.
Month 1: The bruising will start to fade away and you will be able to resume your normal routines, including exercise. This is when you will start to notice that your spider veins are also diminishing. You will still be asked to walk at regular intervals and not sit or stand for too long. After about two months, your further need or course of treatment will be determined.