1. Where does the blood travel after treatment?
The veins that are removed by treatment are those that no longer do the job they are supposed to do. The blood is either stagnant in them or flows backwards into the leg. The superficial venous network is very extensive and the blood is always able to find healthy veins to leave the leg by. The vast majority of the blood however, leaves the leg by the deep veins.
2. Is the treatment possible at any age?
It is possible, but unusual to treat below the age of 18. Above this age there is no upper limit.
3. Is it necessary to have completed all pregnancies before undertaking sclerotherapy?
No. The results are always better when the veins are caught early on. It is always better to start a pregnancy with the legs in a good state; however it is best not to undertake a treatment if pregnancy is contemplated within the following 6 months. It would be better to delay treatment until after delivery.
4. Can one have sclerotherapy during pregnancy?
No. It is not dangerous but does not achieve much. It is preferable to wait until a few months after delivery, as the veins will invariably reduce during this time.
5. The Laser?
While being useful for the treatment of very superficial telangiectasias (thread veins-couperosis) with low internal blood pressure, the laser is disappointing in the treatment of leg veins. By contrast sclerotherapy can treat veins of all sizes and in particular it will deal with the larger veins that are feeding the superficial ones.