Sclerotherapy is an injection procedure that is commonly used for the treatment of spider veins on the legs. Spider veins are small, superficial blood vessels that are purple in color and may form short, unconnected lines or larger patterns resembling a spider web. During sclerotherapy, a solution called a sclerosant is injected directly into the blood vessels with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vessels, causing them to swell and close off. Over a period of weeks to months, the vessels turn into scar tissue that is barely noticeable and are absorbed into the skin. To achieve maximal effect, a single blood vessel may have to be injected on several occasions.
Scheduling an Appointment
At your initial visit, your doctor will examine the areas you wish to have treated to determine which vessels are appropriate for treatment, as well as the amount of time that will need to be scheduled. Treatments generally take 15-30 minutes.
We use safe, well-tolerated solutions that do not produce pain upon injection and have little potential to cause allergic reactions.
Pressure bandages are applied to the injected areas immediately after treatment. Normal walking, but not vigorous exercise, is allowed the day of treatment. Routine exercise may be resumed after 48 hours.
Surgical support pantyhose for compression are recommended for daytime use for 3 weeks after the treatment. Compression helps seal the treated vessels to allow for better resolution, and may also reduce the development of dark spots during the healing process.
Most patients will see a 50-80% improvement after one to three treatments.
Insurance does not cover the treatment of spider veins as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. The cost will be quoted prior to treatment.