Sclerotherapy is a treatment for varicose veins that consists of eliminating the blood vessels responsible for varicose veins (varicose blood vessels) and the varicose vein itself. Using a thin needle or catheter that is monitored throughout the procedure by ultrasound, we proceed with the injection of a sclerosing agent to harden the varicose vein. Under the effect of the sclerosing agent, the varicose vein will diminish or disappear completely. Therefore, the blood can begin to circulate normally to other healthy veins.
As it can treat both very superficial varicose veins and deeper varicose veins, sclerotherapy is the most used treatment for removing unsightly or painful varicose veins. It is considered a minimally invasive surgical procedure and is known to have several advantages; firstly, the procedure is painless and conducted in a medical office. As it does not require any hospitalization or a recovery period, the patient can resume regular activities on the day of the treatment. Sclerotherapy is generally well tolerated by patients and has little to no side effects. For best results, your doctor may recommend that you combine sclerotherapy with another treatment (for example, laser treatment) and compression stockings.
Process of the treatment
- Meeting with our specialist for a consultation (collection of data) and the implementation of the treatment plan according to the areas and conditions to be treated (number of treatments, duration, treatment risks, etc.)
- Approval of the treatment by the doctor
- First treatment session
- Follow-up on the intervention
- Subsequent treatment sessions, if applicable
How should I prepare for the treatment?
Avoid using lotions or oils on your legs 24 hours prior to the treatment. You should also shave or wax your legs the day before the proceedings. Avoid exposing yourself to the sun a month before and after the treatment to reduce the risk of developing a pigment spot on the injected are.
What are the side effects?
You may experience some mild itching. Hyperpigmentation or a slight discoloration may occur; in either case, they usually disappear on their own within a few weeks. A small bruise may develop on the injected area; this will also disappear on its own within a few weeks.
What precautions are recommended post-treatment?
To wear compression stockings and to avoid any physical activities that put pressure on the region treated, and this, for a few days. Walking is an excellent way to increase the blood circulation and to heal. Apply sunscreen on the areas treated should you go outside.
Je suis toujours soucieuse de bien comprendre les traitements que je choisis et Dre LeBlanc a été en mesure de répondre à toutes mes questions. Après 3 séances, la varice était complètement résorbée. Je suis très heureuse du résultat obtenu et j’ai été surprise de constater que le tout s’avère peu douloureux.