Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment used to treat varicose and spider veins.
Sclerotherapy uses injections from a very fine, thin needle to improve the cosmetic appearance of spider veins, treat small varicose veins in the legs, and relieve related symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and cramping. Each treatment session typically results in elimination of 50% to 80% of the injected veins.
How does it work?
When the sclerosing solution is injected directly into the spider or varicose veins, it irritates the lining of vein, which causes it to swell and stick together. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view.
Using a very fine needle, we will inject the vein-dissolving solution into the varicose and spider veins. As the procedure continues, you will feel small needle sticks and possibly a mild burning sensation. The number of veins treated in one session varies, and depends on the size and location of the veins. The procedure is usually completed within 30 to 45 minutes.
What are the side effects?
You may experience a cramping sensation for one to two minutes when larger varicose veins are injected.
After the treatment you will be instructed to wear support hosiery or wraps to compress the treated vessels.
Larger injected varicose veins may become lumpy and/or hard for several months before resolving. Raised red areas may appear at the injection sites and should disappear within a few days. Brown lines or spots on the skin may be seen at the injection sites. In most cases, they disappear within three to six months, but can be permanent about five percent of the time. Bruising may occur around the injection site and can last several days or weeks.