Sclerotherapy is the treatment of spider veins or small thin blood vessels that lie close to the surface of the skin by the injection of a sclerosing solution into the vessel with a hypodermic needle. Sclerosing solutions irritate the vessel lining and cause the lining to become inflamed and the blood within the vessel to clot. This process causes the vessel to scar down and to become less noticeable or undetectable over a period of many weeks. In general, more than one treatment may be required for optimal results and any one vessel may require repeated injections weeks apart in order to achieve the desired result.
Following the treatment, normal activities can be resumed within reason. Use of hot tubs, hot baths and high impact activities such as aerobics, running, and leg weight lifting should be avoided for two weeks to avoid venous dilation. Legs may be wrapped with compression bandages and should remain on your legs for up to 24 hours.
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