Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. This procedure involves an injection of a solution that irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to collapse, stick together and form a clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. The injection is performed using a very fine needle, however mild discomfort and slight burning may be experienced.

Additonal Details

  • As a general rule, the more veins present the more treatments will be required. Treatments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks until the process is complete.
  • It is best to schedule sclerotherapy during the months when your legs are covered and you may more conveniently wear your compression hose. We recommend compression hose for one to three days after treatment depending on the size of the vessels treated.
  • If large varicose veins are present along with the spider veins it is recommended that these be treated first. State-of-the-art treatment now includes endo-venous closure with heat provided by laser or radiofrequency technology.

  • The cost of the procedure is related to the amount of medication used.
  • We expect mild bruising and occasional tenderness at the injection sites.
  • At times a small, harmless superficial blue clot will result from the treatment, a sure sign that the vein has closed down.

  • The clot may be extracted using local anesthesia to improve the appearance.

Before & After

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