Sclerotherapy

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Treatment for Spider Veins

Do you have spider veins in your legs that keep you from feeling comfortable about your appearance? Sclerotherapy may be the treatment for you. Addressing your unsightly leg veins begins with a consultation to evaluate your specific condition in order to make the appropriate decision regarding your treatment.

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating most unwanted cosmetically unattractive spider veins in your legs. Leg vein laser treatment (applied externally to the skin overlying your leg veins) is less effective than sclerotherapy except in cases where the veins are so small that there is no needle made small enough to fit inside the vein.

The procedure involves injecting a sclerosant with a tiny needle into the affected veins. At your consultation, you will be educated about the process, what to expect during and after treatment, post procedure activity, the need to wear compression stockings post procedure for a prescribed amount of time, and possible need for further treatments.

As our patient, you are our first priority and our goal is to make sure you get the appropriate evaluation, leading us to the best treatment choice for you. If history and physical exam indicate that further evaluation is needed, you will be referred to a board certified vascular surgeon before proceeding with treatment.  

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy involves the use of a tiny needle to inject a sclerosing agent into the unsightly veins.  It works by irritating and damaging the cells lining the inside of the blood vessel, called the endothelium.  This causes blood platelets and cellular debris to attach to the vessel wall, eventually causing the blood vessel to clot.  Over time scar tissue replaces the vessels. 

Compression stockings (prescribed at your consultation and brought with you to your treatment session) will be worn after treatment for 2 weeks for best results.

More than one treatment session may be needed depending on the number and severity of spider veins and this will be discussed at your consultation prior to treatment.

The Benefits of Sclerotherapy

There are many benefits in treating spider veins in the legs including:

  • You will love how your legs look younger and more healthy and attractive after clearance of your spider veins.
  • You will once again be able to enjoy wearing skirts and shorts!
  • Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for treating most unwanted cosmetically unattractive spider veins in your legs.
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