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Here at North Western Vascular Surgery in Melbourne, we understand that you may have questions about our treatment options for excessive sweating or facial blushing. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to provide the support you need, as well as answer questions regarding ETS, lumbar sympathectomy or MiraDry.

Please feel free to contact us by phone during office hours or by email. However it is always recommended that patients see Mr Bell to discuss symptoms and best mode of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is sclerotherapy?

    Sclerotherapy is a commonly used procedure to safely treat telangiectasias commonly known as spider veins as well as small varicose veins in the legs.  Some of the key benefits are that this procedure does not require disruption to everyday activities, hospital admission or anaesthesia.  T

    During the procedure, a specially formulated sclerosant is injected into the vein with the use of a very fine needle. Each injection treats a small area of the leg, which means that multiple injections may be required in a single session, depending on the extent of your spider veins. The injected formula works by irritating the wall of the veins, causing them to collapse and shut down the veins. As a result, the veins gradually fade over time.

  • What can I expect after sclerotherapy?

    You may experience some minor bruising, irritation, swelling or tenderness following treatment, which should resolve within two weeks. You should avoid strenuous activity such as jogging and aerobics for a week following the procedure, but walking is recommended for at least 40 minutes each day for the first week.

  • What results can I expect?

    Sclerotherapy is generally very effective, and in most cases this procedure achieves excellent results although patients may require additional sessions to obtain optimal results.

  • What is carotid stenosis?

    Carotid stenosis is a condition in which there is a narrowing or blockage in the carotid arteries, which are located at the sides of the neck.

  • What causes carotid stenosis?

    The most common cause of the condition is the build up of substances such as fat, calcium and cholesterol in the lining of the carotid artery. When these substances, known as plaque, narrow or block the carotid artery, the risk of stroke rises considerably. Plaque also causes the inside of the artery to become rough, which in turn attracts the platelets that cause blood to clot. When blood clots or pieces of plaque break off, they can cause a blockage in smaller arteries.

  • Are there any risk factors for carotid stenosis?

    Yes. There are a number of factors that can increase one’s risk of developing the condition. These include smoking, which damages the lining of the blood vessels and increases the risk of cholesterol deposits forming in the arteries; high cholesterol, which increases the risk of plaque formation; high blood pressure, which can lead to the formation of plaque in the arteries; diabetes, which often leads to damage of the arteries; and obesity.