Varicose veins and spider veins are unwanted and unsightly veins that tend to occur as we age. Fortunately, in Ottawa there are many treatment options available for your leg veins. As with all our cosmetic and medical treatments, sclerotherapy begins with a detailed consultation with one of our physicians.
Sclerotherapy involves very small injections of medication into spider veins or varicose veins. As a tiny needle is used, treatment is very tolerable. The very short procedure will cause your body to absorb and eliminate the unwanted veins over the following weeks. There is no downtime following sclerotherapy, and you may resume your regular daily activities following treatment.
Sclerotherapy is one of the primary treatment options for the appearance and symptoms of abnormal leg veins. Sclerotherapy is an effective, and evidence-based treatment for varicose veins and spider veins in Ottawa. Laser treatments are also available to treat your veins. Surgery is performed less often given the effectiveness of non-surgical options.
Following sclerotherapy, small bandages are applied to the skin, which can be removed later that day. There is no downtime following the short procedure, you may return to work and resume your regular daily activities immediately. Sclerotherapy will close off your abnormal veins, and cause your body to absorb and eliminate the unwanted veins over the following weeks. However, there are some veins that may not respond to sclerotherapy.
Abnormal veins are often inherited and are also much more common in women than men due to female hormones. Pregnancies, being overweight and inactive, smoking, previous blood clots, and prolonged sitting or standing can cause or worsen abnormal veins.
A detailed initial assessment will determine the type, size, and number of problem veins as well as your desired outcome. Although some small veins may disappear with only one treatment, repeat treatment visits are usually required for optimal results. The number of treatment sessions varies by patient.
Treatment of some large varicose veins may be covered by OHIP. However, the majority of varicose, reticular, and spider veins are not covered by OHIP.