Sclerotherapy refers to a cosmetic procedure that diminishes spider veins and some reticular veins.
During a sclerotherapy procedure, Dr. Moraes injects a saline solution directly into the targeted spider veins. The solution irritates the blood vessel to make it collapse and stick together.
You might experience mild discomfort in the form of cramping when she injects the solution into your vein. While the procedure only takes about 15 to 20 minutes, you may be required to attend multiple sessions depending on your medical condition and the number of veins you wish to treat.
Undergoing sclerotherapy requires a prior consultation with Dr. Michele Moraes to determine if you are an appropriate candidate. Those who cannot receive the procedure include patients who:
Dr. Moraes will also assess your medical history in regards to your qualifications.
Dr. Moraes can inform you of steps and activities to avoid before undergoing sclerotherapy. In general, you’ll need to avoid certain medications (which Dr. Moraes will identify during your consultation). You should also avoid shaving or applying lotion to your legs on the day of the procedure.
Side effects of sclerotherapy can range in levels of discomfort. Common side effects include raised, red areas at the site of injection that should disappear within a few days. Bruising at the injection site is also common, and it can last anywhere from days to weeks depending on the individual.
Other less common but temporary and harmless side effects include:
Side effects that require immediate medical attention include: