Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that has been in use since the 1930s. At Aura Skin Spa, sclerotherapy is used to diminish and eliminate varicose veins and spider vines. The procedure works by injecting a saline solution right into the vein. This process will irritate the blood vessel, causing it to swell, clot, then eventually form into scar tissue and fade.
Are you the right candidate?
If you are considering sclerotherapy, you will need to schedule a consultation with Aura Skin Spa to determine if this procedure will best address your needs. This procedure is not suggested for patients who are pregnant or have had a blood clot in the past. Veins that are used for heart bypass surgery will not be considered unless they are unusable.
Preparing for sclerotherapy
You will need to stop taking certain medications like aspirin, Advil, Motrin, or Nuprin for 48-72 hours prior to your procedure. If you must take an antibiotic leading up to your surgery, contact your doctor.
Potential side effects
Like with any procedure or surgery, side effects vary. Mild effects include raised and red areas at the procedure site, itching, or bruising. In some cases, small blood vessels can appear at the injection site but will disappear within a year after the procedure. If swelling, inflammation, or the formation of small ulcers occurs after your treatment, contact your doctor immediately. Be sure to notify your doctor of any potential allergies you have so as to avoid any complications during and after your procedure.
What to avoid after your procedure
For the initial 48 hours post treatment, do not take a hot bath, do not use a hot compress, do not use saunas, do not be in direct sunlight, or go on long airplane flights. Showers are fine but be sure the water is cooler than usual.
Arrange a consultation
If you have pesky varicose veins or spider veins, sclerotherapy might be for you! Call Aura Skin Spa today by contacting our office at 415.788.3800. We look forward to helping you!