Sclerotherapy of the veins is an old technique. Already in 1853 therapies existed in France. In the mid 70’s this therapy experienced a grand comeback. It is a technique that closes vessel tracks or capillary groups (teleangectasy) through an injection in the veins of a sclerosant that immediately causes a local inflammatory reaction (chemical phlebitis). This reaction causes thrombosization and successive reabsorption of the varicose veins or causes the disappearances of capillaries. The contents of the solution used include polidocanolyic alcohol, glycerin chromate, sodium saliciate and sodium tetradecilsulfate used at various concentrations.
Sclerotherapy usually done during cold weather because of the absence of venal dialation from heat and to avoid UV rays, that if they hit directly on the area, cause skin pigmentation. So is it advisable to avoid sclerotherapy during the hot months (June-August). The number of visits depends on the clinical profile of the patient and the size of the zone involved. The average number of visits is about 3-4 per leg at weekly or bi-weekly intervals.
Risks and Side Effects
All surgeries carry certain risks and even though they are rare you should be aware of them before making your decision. Mr Ferrando will talk you through any possible risks and side effects before treatment as they will vary depending on the patient’s body shape, age, condition and lifestyle.