What is it?
Sclerotherapy is a type of vein therapy that is minimally invasive and involves injecting a sclerosing solution into a vein using a syringe.
This solution then causes the vein to shrink, collapse and be absorbed by the body, removing unsightly vein abnormalities.
Scerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins, spider veins and reticluar veins.
- Varicose Veins: Most frequently found in the legs, varicose veins are large blue or dark purple veins that bulge or protrude from the skin.
- Spider Veins: Most commonly found in the leg, ankle or face, spider veins are thin red or purple veins close to the service of the skin that can appear like a spider web.
- Reticular Veins: Blue/green veins located just beneath the skin, reticular veins are larger than spider veins but do not protrude like varicose veins. These vein abnormalities can be caused by several factors, including prolonged sitting or standing, obesity, pregnancy, age, heredity and gender. About 50 to 55 percent of women and 40 to 45 percent of men in the United States suffer from some type of vein problem. Varicose veins affect half of people 50 years of age and older.
The two most commonly used sclerosing agents are Polidocanol and Sodium Tetradecyl. They are only used to treat veins that are less than 3mm wide. Olympia compounds both of these solutions in various strengths.
While the efficacy of each solution is thought to be similar, Polidocanol is believed to be the less painful option. Polidocanol was featured on the Dr Oz Show in June of 2011.
Sclerotherapy treatment normally takes only a few minutes and most patients can resume normal activity immediately.
How to Get Started
Sclerotherapy must be performed under the supervision of a qualified, licensed physician.