Description of the procedure
In that manner – thermically – we induce inflammation of the vein wall, blood clotting inside of her lumen and gradual disintegration, while directing the flow into healthy capillaries.
Course of the procedure
After the procedure – common regime of daily activities and personal hygiene, without limitations.
During 8-10 days, redness and bruising at the area of intervention are possible, with mild local pain, which disappears gradually.
In cases of treating large, extensive areas affected by capillaries, often on both legs, it is indicated to wear stockings of the 1st degree of compression, which the patient receives after the treatment, according to the previously taken measurement. Elastic stockings are to be worn continuously for 2 weeks, and later by recommendation.
It is important not to put gels or creams against hematoma (Heparin, Ice gel, and the like) on the treated area because it can become irritated. Care should be done exclusively with mild milk or skin lotion.
Precautions and limitations
There is often a chance for relapse – return of the disease, although usually in other areas. It is necessary to repeat the treatment regularly due to maintenance of the satisfactory condition and prevention of spreading of changes. It is necessary – as much as possible – to correct the mechanisms that had lead to the development of the disease.
Side effects and complications
Furhter reading on Polyclinic Lege Artis’ recommendation of certain methods
Every leg has its own story. it depends on the type of the changes present, vessels we treat, volume, subcutaneous fat tissue, type of skin, pigmentation and – possibly the most important – it depends on quality of muscle lining, i.e. muscle fascia. Those factors are directly connected to the frequency of relapse – partial recurrence of the disease.
Also – if the cause is not removed – flat feet, lack of physical activity, being overweight, hot baths, etc. – the changes progressively return, possibly in smaller volume and, perhaps, in other areas.
Tiny, web-like – blue and purple capillaries, on small areas, react very effectively to chemical sclerozation. If the changes are very expanded, the treatment is quite painful because the capillaries are in direct contact with numerous nerve endings in skin.
Radiofrequency (RF) sclerotherapy is much less painful and there is no ‘dosage’ limitation for treated areas (amount of capillaries). However, often the treatment needs to be repeated 2-3 times in the interval of a couple of weeks until the total effect is achieved.