Varicose veins can be embarrassing, and in some cases, they’re painful. Fortunately, treating these bulging blue veins—and their smaller cousins, spider veins—has become easy and convenient with the development of sclerotherapy. If you want smoother skin, contact our professionals at the Grace Clinic to learn more about how we can remove these troublesome veins and boost your confidence.
What is Sclerotherapy?
This is a non-surgical procedure that can help eliminate spider and varicose veins. A tiny needle is used to inject a medicated solution directly into varicose and/or spider veins. This medication irritates the walls of treated veins, causing them to stick together. Eventually, the vein closes off and collapses, after which point it is harmlessly reabsorbed by the body.
Is Sclerotherapy Safe?
Treatment is safe for the majority of patients. However, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are advised to wait until their child is weaned before having this procedure. People with a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or phlebitis should also not have this procedure. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Grace or Dr. Tutino will review your complete medical history to make sure that this procedure is right for you.
For qualified patients, the treatment can make your legs healthier. When diseased veins are closed off, circulation improves throughout. This can reduce pain and lower the risk of associated complications, such as leg ulcers.
Sclerotherapy Treatment in Burlington at the Grace Clinic
Sclerotherapy is usually a very brief procedure, though patients who have several problem veins will require multiple appointments. Most patients need between four and eight appointments in total, with two to four weeks between appointments. Most appointments take between fifteen minutes and half an hour. If you’re found to be an eligible candidate, you’ll likely be able to have your first appointment soon after your consultation.
Because the needles used to administer medication are very thin, most patients report experiencing only minor discomfort during injections. This procedure requires no downtime, and you’ll be able to return to work as soon as you wish. We recommend walking for 20-30 minutes after each appointment to ensure that the medication circulates properly.
Will My Treatment be Covered by Insurance or OHIP?
Treatment for varicose veins is sometimes covered by health insurance or OHIP—this is usually the case if the veins are causing the pain or other health problems. Private insurance will usually help to cover the cost of the compression stockings that are often recommended for use along with vein removal. Treatment for spider veins, on the other hand, is not covered by OHIP or most private insurance plans because they are considered a purely cosmetic issue.
How Should I Prepare for My Sclerotherapy Appointment?
Prior to having sclerotherapy, you should:
- Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications for at least two days before and after treatment.
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol for at least three days before and after your appointment.
- On the day of your appointment, wash your legs with an antibacterial soap but do not shave them or apply lotion or sunscreen.
- Wear a pair of loose fitting shorts to your appointment.
- Eat a snack about one hour before your appointment.
What Should I Expect During Sclerotherapy Recovery?
Most patients don’t report significant pain after treatment. However, mild soreness, bruising, redness, and itching are sometimes experienced following this procedure. If you do experience pain, we recommend Tylenol (acetaminophen). However, you should avoid ASA and NSAIDs (aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen/Advil) as they can thin the blood and increase bleeding. You can also elevate your legs to reduce discomfort. Make sure you don’t do any strenuous exercise for at least 48 hours after having sclerotherapy and avoid saunas and hot baths for about one week.
Some patients notice that they have small pigment spots (usually red or brown) on their legs after treatment; these are temporary and will fade within about six weeks.
Book a Sclerotherapy Consultation in Burlington or Oakville
If you’re tired of living with varicose or spider veins, we can help. Contact the Grace Clinic Ontario today to schedule your no-obligation consultation and learn more about the benefits of sclerotherapy. You can contact us online or call us at the following numbers:
Burlington: (905) 336-9636
Oakville: (905) 338-5777