Please note we do not allow children in the room during the procedure. Apologies for the inconvenience.

PRE-TREATMENT ADVICE FOR

SCLEROTHERAPY

Before the treatment, it is important to avoid blood-thinning substances and supplements or medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, vitamin E, and omega-3s to decrease the risk of bruising or bleeding. If you are prescribed any of these medications, please ensure you check with your health care professional. Do not use bronzers or tanning lotions on your legs. Purchase medical-grade compression stockings for after your treatment.

Note:

This procedure can only be carried out on the legs. It cannot be carried out on the
face, feet/ankle, and knee area or large varicose veins.

Health conditioners that prevent you from having the treatment are:
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing.

  • Those with skin infections,

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Covid, fever, cough

  • History of deep vein thrombosis

  • Those patients taking corticosteroids or anticoagulant therapy, Warfarin, steroids

  • History of severe allergies or anaphylaxis

  • Anemia

  • Bruise of bled easily

  • Cancer

  • Hemophilia

  • Hepatitis

  • Lupus

Sclerotherapy – Risks and Complications

With any procedure, there are always potential risks of complications. The risks and complications will be discussed at the consultation.


The most common side effects experienced with sclerotherapy are:


TRANSIENT HYPERPIGMENTATION: Approximately 5-10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy notice a discoloration of light brown streaks after treatment. This usually fades in two to twelve months.


SLOUGHING: This occurs in less than 3% of patients who receive sclerotherapy. Sloughing consists of small ulceration at the injection site that heals slowly. A blister may form, open, and become ulcerated. After healing, the skin should return to a normal colour. You may have what looks like the chickenpox or vaccination scar.


ALLERGIC REACTIONS: Very rarely, a patient may have an allergic reaction to the sclerosing agent used. This risk of allergic reaction is greater in patients who have a history of allergies.


A few patients may experience moderate pain and bruise, usually at the site of injection. The veins may be tender to touch after treatment and an uncomfortable sensation may run along the vein route. This discomfort is temporary, in most cases lasting one to seven days.


Other side effects include a burning sensation during the injection of some solutions, development of new tiny blood vessels (“matting”), transient swelling of the vein which could cause the ankles to swell, temporary superficial blebs or wheals (similar to hives), and very rarely, wound infection, poor healing, or scarring.


Deep vein thrombosis is a very rare complication, seen in approximately 1 out of every 1,000 patients treated. The dangers of thrombosis include the possibility of pulmonary embolus (a blood clot carried to the lungs) and post phlebitis syndrome, resulting in a permanent swelling of the leg. Inadvertent arterial injection and possible severe tissue damage are other rare complications.