What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat spider veins. It is the most common way to cosmetically treat small, unsightly, veins on the legs.
Who can benefit from sclerotherapy?
People with prominent, unsightly, spider veins in their legs can benefit from sclerotherapy. Patients who experience aching, burning, swelling, and legs cramps at night should be assessed for deeper varicose vein disease before undergoing sclerotherapy.
Women who are currently pregnant are not candidates for sclerotherapy, however, pregnancy may cause spider veins, so the procedure may be beneficial post-partum. People who have certain types of problems with blood clotting are not good candidates for sclerotherapy.
How does sclerotherapy work?
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, which irritates the vein and causes it to collapse, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins.
You may experience mild bruising and tenderness, which will resolve, at the injection points after treatment.
After the procedure, your provider may have you wear compression stockings. It is important to stay active after the procedure, but avoid strenuous activity. Avoid things that may cause the veins to dilate, such as hot baths, hot tubs, high impact aerobic exercise, heat, and inactivity for one week. It may take six weeks to see the full effect of the procedure and to know whether subsequent treatments will be needed.