Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive technique used in the treatment of veins. Using Sclerotherapy a practitioner can effectively eliminate the full range from big varicose veins to tiny spider veins (telangiectasia). It is often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins and telangiectasia, however with foam sclerotherapy large varicosities and perforators are also easily treated.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The solution causes collapse and (eventual fibrosis) of the treated veins, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although for big veins it may take up to several months to see the full results. As with any medical procedure individual results may vary and several follow-up/repeat treatments may be necessary.
Sclerotherapy will be a useful tool in any aesthetic practice and the setup cost will be fairly inexpensive. If one takes into account that almost every second woman and many men have some form of varicose vein disease, and that there are not many practitioners able to do sclerotherapy, the need for, and scope for sclerotherapy is big.
True varicose veins is a medical condition and the smaller ones are considered a cosmetic problem. Sclerotherapy can address both concerns. Sclerotherapy should therefore be considered by medical practitioners with or without a cosmetic view.