Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins by injecting a solution into the veins which causes them to gradually disappear. By injecting a solution, known as a sclerosing solution, the lining of the veins becomes irritated and eventually turns into scar tissue that will then fade away. This method is the preferred treatment for spider veins and has been used since the 1930s.
Sclerotherapy sessions are 15 or 30 minutes. Most patients need a minimum of 2 to 4 treatments in order to achieve desired results. There is no downtime other than avoiding strenuous activities for the first week. We encourage you to wear compression hosiery for 1-2 weeks after your sclerotherapy session for best results.
While sclerotherapy is proven as an effective treatment for spider veins, it is not recommended for everybody. Pregnant women and those whose deeper veins are affected are not typically eligible for this procedure. Sclerotherapy is not effective for large varicose veins and is only recommended for smaller, superficial veins. Dr. Rostan and her staff can help choose the right treatment for your leg veins.