Sclerotherapy In Benfleet
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat varicose veins and spider veins. It involves injecting a solution, called a sclerosing agent, directly into the affected veins. This solution causes the veins to collapse and eventually fade away.
The sclerosing agent used in the procedure irritates the lining of the veins, leading to inflammation and the formation of scar tissue. Over time, the scar tissue closes off the treated veins, rerouting blood flow to healthier veins. The collapsed veins are then reabsorbed by the body, gradually fading from view.
After the procedure, the patient may be required to wear compression stockings to promote proper blood flow and aid in healing. The treated veins will gradually fade over several weeks or months, and multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
£150- £250 for a one-hour treatment
Total treatment costs depend upon the extent of treatment and the number of sessions required to make an improvement.
While sclerotherapy is generally a safe procedure, it can have some side effects. These side effects can vary in frequency and severity depending on individual factors and the specific circumstances of the treatment. Some common side effects of sclerotherapy may include:
- Bruising: It is common to experience bruising around the injection sites. This is usually temporary and fades within a few weeks.
- Discomfort or pain: Some patients may experience mild discomfort or pain at the injection site during or after the procedure. This is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Swelling: Swelling in the treated area may occur, but it typically resolves on its own within a few days or weeks.
- Redness or discoloration: The treated veins may become temporarily reddened or discolored. This usually resolves within a few weeks.
- Small sores or ulcers: In rare cases, the skin overlying the treated veins may develop small sores or ulcers. These usually heal on their own but may require additional treatment or dressings.
- Allergic reactions: Although rare, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent used during the procedure. Signs of an allergic reaction may include hives, itching, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. It is important to seek immediate medical attention if any of these symptoms occur.
- Blood clots: While uncommon, blood clots can develop in the treated veins. This risk is typically minimal and can be minimized by following post-procedure instructions, such as wearing compression stockings and staying active.
After undergoing sclerotherapy, it is important to follow proper aftercare to ensure optimal healing and results. Here are some general guidelines for post-sclerotherapy care:
- Compression garments: Your healthcare professional may advise you to wear compression stockings or bandages after the procedure. These garments help to promote circulation and reduce swelling. Follow the specific instructions regarding how long to wear them and when you can remove them.
- Walking and physical activity: Engage in light activities, such as walking, to promote blood circulation and prevent blood clots. Avoid strenuous exercise or activities that put excessive strain on the treated area for a few days or as advised by your healthcare professional.
- Avoid heat exposure: Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, hot baths, saunas, hot tubs, and other sources of heat for a few days post-sclerotherapy. Heat can dilate blood vessels and potentially interfere with healing.
- Avoid tight clothing: Avoid wearing tight clothing or restrictive garments around the treated area to allow for proper circulation and minimize irritation.
- Gentle care of the treated area: Be gentle with the treated area while washing or showering. Avoid scrubbing or using abrasive soaps on the treated skin.
- Follow-up appointments: Schedule and attend any follow-up appointments recommended by us. We will assess your progress, monitor healing, and address any concerns or questions you may have.