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Sclerotherapy is an important treatment for varicose veins. It helps to improve the appearance of the veins and it also helps to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins such as pain and tiredness. The treatment involves injecting a solution into the veins to irritate them and to cause them to collapse and stick together so that they can no longer carry blood. Wellington Revive is one of the leading providers of sclerotherapy treatments. Located in Wellington, we offer advanced treatment methods and high-quality service.

Which conditions does sclerotherapy treat?

Sclerotherapy can be used to treat spider veins, varicose veins, and thread veins. It is also useful for treating leg ulcers that are brought on by conditions such as uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes.

Sclerotherapy is very effective. Treatment sessions may vary depending on the severity of the case and your medical history, but most patients will need to have five or six treatment sessions. The results of sclerotherapy can last for many years and there are also other ways to maintain your appearance once you have had the treatment and achieved the look you want.

When to consider sclerotherapy?

If you have varicose veins, spider veins, or thread veins you should consider sclerotherapy. Talk to your doctor about whether this treatment is best for you. It is also a good idea to have the procedure if you have leg ulcers caused by conditions such as uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes.

What to expect from sclerotherapy?

When you come in for your first appointment, your nurse or doctor will discuss the procedure with you in detail. There is some discomfort when sclerotherapy is administered but it should not be too severe. Be sure to tell your Wellington Revive practitioner if you are particularly sensitive to pain because there are different options available.

After the treatment session, you may see some mild bruising and swelling around the injection site. This is normal and it will fade in a few days. You may find that your skin is more sensitive during this time, so avoid activities such as sunbathing or exercising.

It is a good idea to wear compression stockings after the treatment. These will increase blood flow and help to speed up your recovery.

Preparing for sclerotherapy

To prepare for your treatment, you should wear loose clothing. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes around the injection site and also be sure to take any compression stockings off. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have this treatment and neither should people with severe varicose veins or a sensitivity to pain.

If you smoke, try to give up at least a week before the procedure because smoking can reduce blood flow and this can slow down your recovery. You should also be sure to tell your practitioner about all medications you are taking before you have sclerotherapy, as some of these might need to be avoided in the days leading up to the appointment.

After the surgery

After your treatment, you should avoid strenuous activities for around a week. Be sure to wear compression stockings on a regular basis during this time and use the compression pump provided if available. Try to rest as much as possible and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. If there is any discomfort, be sure to contact your practitioner immediately so that it can be addressed.

Being fit and healthy is important for having smooth-running veins that are free of blood clots. You want to your body well nourished so that it can promote the best possible blood flow through your veins. A temporary diet change could help you achieve this goal, so try increasing your intake of foods such as fruits and vegetables and decreasing your consumption of red meat and refined sugars. You can also try eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout, and herring.

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