Candidates for Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a dermatologic treatment for getting rid of ugly spider veins. It makes use of a mild scleroting agent (a substance which shrinks the veins) to make it inconspicuous. All women nomatter what therir age are can be good candidates for sclerotherapy, but most fall in the 30 to 60 category. In some women, spider veins may become obvious at a very early age, we are talking about the teen years. For others, the veins may not become noticeable until they reach the forty years of age.

If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding mother, your doctor may tell you to postpone sclerotherapy treatment. In most of the time, spider veins that appear at the time of pregnancy will disappear on their own within three months after the baby is born. Also, because it’s not known how sclerosing solutions may affect breast milk, nursing mothers are usually advised to wait until after they have stopped breastfeeding.

Spider veins in males cannot be as common as they are in women. Men who do have spider veins often do not consider them to be a cosmetic problem since the veins are usually covered by hair growth on the leg. However, sclerotherapy is just as effective for men who seek treatment.

So what will you expect after a sclerotherapy treatment? Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and your self confidence, but it’s unrealistic to believe that every affected vein will disappear completely as a result of treatment. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. A couple more sessions, depending on the extent of the spider veins, are usually required to achieve optimal results.

Take note that sclerotherapy treats only those veins that are currently visible. And it cannot permanently alter the venous system or prevent new veins from surfacing if they do in the future. Our body has its own course. Before you want to have sclerotherapy, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them openly to your dermatologist.

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