$200 per treatment per area
At GentleCare Laser Aesthetics,Dr. Tariq Khan conducts medical aesthetics treatments, including sclerotherapy and laser vein removal. Dr. Khan offers sclerotherapy treatments in addition to laser treatments for the treatment of reticular veins and spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure performed by Dr. Khan, which involves injecting a solution into the vein using a micro-needle, thereby causing the vein to collapse and fade from view. It is a virtually painless treatment which has been shown to be an extremely successful treatment available today for these tiny blood vessels.
How does the treatment work?
A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein using a very fine needle. This damages the vessel lining causing causing the wall of the vessel to stick together. Blood stops flowing through the veins and the body treats them as damaged tissue which is slowly absorbed over a period of time.
What is the treatment like?
Each treatment session lasts 20-30 minutes. The needles used are very fine so discomfort is minimal and the treatment is generally painless. Once treated it can take between 2 weeks and 3 months for the veins to completely disappear.
How successful is sclerotherapy?
After treatment most patients can expect a 80-90% improvement in the treated vessel. The fading process is gradual with treated veins fading up to three months after the last treatment.
After the treatment:
Normal activities can be resumed immediately.
Some patients with substantial reticular veins may be advised to wear support stockings for period of time after the treatment. You are recommended to walk as much as possible. Walking works the calf muscles and pumps blood through other vessels back to the heart. This reduces the pressure in the superficial vessels.
Will treated vessels recur?
Veins treated adequately by Sclerotherapy should not recur. However, the underlying problem is not corrected and therefore new vessels may appear with time. An annual review is recommended to detect development of new vessels, which can then be treated.
How many treatments will I need?
Several sessions may be required depending on the extent and size of the veins. On average veins on the legs require between 2-4 treatment sessions. This will be discussed during your consultation.
Are there any side-effects?
Even when a highly experienced physician is performing the treatment, there are a number of possible side effects.
- Red, raised area at the treatment site. These should disappear within 24 hours
- Bruises, at the injection site. These will disappear in 7-10 days
- Aching in the leg for a day or two following treatment. This is uncommon but if it does occur it can usually be relieved by walking or Tylenol can also be taken
- Blood trapped in the sclerosed vein may cause the vein to be more noticeable and the vessel tender in the first few days to weeks after the treatment
- Allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent. Although very rare, if this happens the treatment will be stopped immediately
What should I do before treatment?
Please avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E and Aloe Vera preparations for at least 10 days.