Sclerotherapy, also known as “injection therapy”, is the gold standard treatment for improving the appearance of spider veins and smaller varicose veins in the legs.
A FDA-approved sclerosing agent (a mixture of saline and Sotradecol®) is gently injected directly into the undesirable vein. This irritates the lining of the blood vessel causing the vein to collapse and seal shut. Over time, the collapsed vein is reabsorbed or dissolved into your body causing it to disappear.
These injections cause minimum discomfort and do not compromise vascular health.
Expect to see immediate results that gradually improve over a few weeks following treatment. Occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results.
In some cases, several treatments may be needed.
Why It's Done
Sclerotherapy is often done for cosmetic purposes; to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins.
The procedure can also improve related symptoms such as: aching, swelling, burning, and night cramps.
Sclerotherapy is an extremely safe procedure.
It is possible to experience experience some temporary side effects at the site of injection, such as: bruising, raised red areas, small skin sores, darkened skin in the form of lines or spots, multiple tiny red blood vessels.