Sclerotherapy is an in office procedure that is used to treat small varicose veins and spider veins.
During the treatment, problem veins are injected with a chemical solution that causes the vein
to collapse and prevents blood from flowing through it. Once the blood flow in the varicose vein
is stopped, the appearance of the vein will disappear and the blood will flow through healthy
veins.

This procedure treats existing spider and varicose veins, but it will not prevent new spider veins
and small varicose veins from forming. The injection may cause a burning or stinging sensation.
Some veins may require treatment more than once while others will fade away after the first
injection. After your Sclerotherapy session, the injection sites will be covered with gauze and
tape. You may also need to wear compression stockings for up to a week after your treatment.

Sclerotherapy Side Effects

  •    Bruises at the site of the injection
  •    Brown discoloration of the skin
  •    Development of new spider veins
  •    Swelling around the ankles
  •    Small skin ulcerations
  •    Development of "trapped blood"


These side effects are mild and short lasting. Most of them last for a few weeks at most and do
not affect your long-term results. There is no recovery time for Sclerotherapy. You will be able
to go back to work that same day.

The amount of Sclerotherapy treatments needed varies from individual to individual. Typically,
two to four treatments are needed to achieve the best results; however, larger varicose veins
may require more treatments. Patients with milder cases of spider veins should see results with
one or two treatments.

For additional questions regarding sclerotheraphy, submit a contact form or call our office to schedule
a vein consultation
.

Frequently Asked Questions

  •        What are spider veins?

    Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin.  They resemble
    spider legs and often appear in circular patches in shades of blue, red, or purple.   Spider
    veins most commonly occur in the legs, but can also appear on the face and hands
    (veinwave link).

  •        Who is a candidate for sclerotherapy?

    Anyone with spider veins can be a candidate for sclerotherapy with the exception of
    women who are currently pregnant or nursing.

  • How many treatments are required?

    The number of treatments required varies by patient, but 2-4 treatments are usually
    required for best results.

  •        Does insurance cover sclerotherapy?

    Because spider vein treatment is considered a cosmetic procedure, insurance will not cover
    the cost of sclerotherapy.