What is sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a quick and simple prccedure to remove unwanted spider veins from legs. Spider veins are tiny red or blue veins that are highly visible and superficial, unlike varicose veins. They have many causes, including genetic and hormonal factors.

How is the procedure performed?

Each spider vein in the treatment area is injected with a saline solution using a tiny needle. The injection is relatively painless and well-tolerated. During a half hour procedure, a large area can be covered. There may be mild bruising or temporary discoloration afterwards. Bandages are then wrapped on the legs to help compress the sites of injection. The injection process typically is complete in just 15 - 30 minutes.

What happens after sclerotherapy treatment?

Any discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications, and is alleviated by the use of compression bandages or hose. Some mild bruising, itching, and swelling at the injection site is normal, but otherwise side effects are uncommon and short in duration.

Can sclerotherapy be used to treat large varicose veins?

Because they require more sclerant injected than is safe, large varicose veins are not treated with sclerotherapy. Small to medium sized veins respond best to sclerotherapy procedures. There are many other techniques available for the effective treatment of larger vein problems.

How many sclerotherapy treatments are required?

The number of sessions required depends on the depth, number and size of the veins being treated. While some patients are happy with the results after just one treatment, others may desire further injections for the optimal effect. These follow-up treatments should be spaced at least four weeks apart so that the affects of the previous treatment can be accurately evaluated before injecting more. Patients can determine the amount of treatments they may need and the cost associated with them by discussing their situation with their specialist.

Do I have to limit any activity after the treatment

It is important to walk regularly to encourage good circulation after you have had sclerotherapy. You should not participate in any strenuous activity for the initial days after your treatment.

Can sclerotherapy be done on the arms or face?

Yes, it is currently considered safe to perform sclerotherapy on the hands, arms, face and other areas previously avoided in this treatment.


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