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Sclerotherapy with Contour Clinics' Specialist Doctors

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All review appointments post procedure are complimentary.

What is Sclerotherapy?

It is a minimally invasive virtually pain free procedure involving for injecting an irritating solution known as a sclerosing agent directly into the vein. This can be either done directly which is known as micro or direct sclerotherapy or most commonly while being guided in place using ultrasound imagery. Sclerotherapy is a very common and simple treatment option for varicose veins and spider veins.

Once injected, the sclerosing agent irritates the lining of the vein walls. This causes the blood vessels to harden and close over which prevents blood from flowing it. As the body heals, it reroutes blood flow to other normally functioning veins and the treated vein is absorbed by the body and disappears within a few weeks.

Sclerotherapy has been used in medicine for over 100 years however recent development has brought about huge improvements in techniques and technology. Now most sclerotherapy is done via an ultrasound which guarantees precision and the very best outcome.

At Contour Clinics we use three main forms of sclerosing agent. All three are approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration of Australia for the treatment of varicose veins. The agents we use are Aethosxysclerol, Sodium Tetradecyl Sulfate and Normal Saline. Normal Saline is not as effective as the other two and only used in cases where the patient is allergic to one of the other agents.

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy

Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy is our preferred option for all our Sclerotherapy treatments. It ensures patient safety is maintained at the highest level and that the results achieved are the best outcomes possible. Firstly, a detailed ultrasound is carried out prior to the procedure creating a map of the lower leg veins. This map precisely displays all abnormal veins, as well as the structure of the deep veins and arteries. This will help our specialist doctor identify the root cause of the problem and come up with the most effective treatment plan.

After the ultrasound is completely, we get the patient to lie on one of our treatment beds so the area to be treated can be accessed in the best way. Then with ultrasound guidance we can accurately guide the needle and inject the hidden abnormal veins.

Once injected, the treated vessel will begin to harden then collapse and be gradually absorbed by the body, disappearing over time. Several injections will be required along the length of the vein to achieve complete closure.

This method offers significant advantages over traditional sclerotherapy. Firstly, it allows our specialist doctor to visualise the veins as they are being injected. It also helps our specialist doctor see exactly where the sclerosing agent is going. The safety to the patient using this method is greatly increased and our specialist doctor can monitor the injected vein as well as the nearby veins. At Contour Clinics we use sclerosant as a foam, rather than solution. This choice has made this procedure and the results far more effective.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Effective is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment. When used alone success rates are between 80-90%. The procedure is sometimes used in conjunction with Endovenous Laser Ablation or Vein Glue and in these cases the success rates go up above 98%.

What are the Side Effects from the Treatment?

Most people do experience some mild side effects from the treatment. These are temporary and usually resolve within a few weeks after treatment.

The most common one of these is a mild allergic reaction causing itching and swelling for 24-48 hours post treatment. It is due to the sclerosing agent and sometimes tiny blood vessels may form in the area which go away over the next 4-6 weeks. Patients may also have a dull ache and heaviness in the legs after the treatment. Most patients do not need to take anything for this but paracetamol or nurofen can be taken if necessary. The other main side effect is bruising which often occurs a few days after treatment and last for 2-3 weeks before fading away.

In extremely rare cases, more serious complication can occur after sclerotherapy. Seek medical care immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Acute inflammation or swelling in the injected region.
  • Small ulcers or wounds forming at the injection site.
  • Swelling in one or both legs immediately after treatment.

Chest pain after the procedure which can indicate DVT or Pulmonary Embolism.

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Recent Reviews

Mia D Dec 20, 2020

The absolute best in Sydney. I would not go anywhere else to get anything done. Everyone I have encountered at this clinic has been so extremely warm and professional and put in so much time and effort to truly achieve your desired outcome. Can’t recommend this place enough, do not waste your money elsewhere.

Amanda K Feb 1, 2021

First time at Contour Clinics and was very happy with the whole experience. Easy to find, easy to park, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend and will be a regular from now on.

Rekka P Jan 20, 2021

Very happy with my experience at Contour Clinics Newtown. Everyone was so friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable during my treatment. Dr Josh made me feel so comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.

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