- Medical Name: Sclerotherapy
- Common Name: Vein Treatment, Spider Vein Treatment, Sclero
- Anesthesia Type: Topical Anesthesia
- Procedure Duration: Varies
- Recovery Time: 4 days
- Procedure Location: Office
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive technique that diminishes superficial varicose veins and spider veins.
Sclerotherapy treatments are injections of a sclerosing agent into the veins that creates a gradual fading of the treated vessels over a period of months. The number of treatments needed to fade the veins will vary from person to person, however the average number of treatments for satisfactory results is 3 to 4.
Ideal Candidate for Sclerotherapy
The ideal candidate for sclerotherapy is in general good health, practices good skin care, including the regular use of sunscreen and has reasonable expectations for the treatment.
Benefits of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a very simple series of injections that can diminish and even erase the appearance of unsightly superficial varicose veins and spider veins.
Risks and Limitations to Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy is a very safe procedure. You may experience some bruising to the treated area. Very rare risks are hyperpigmentation, sloughing and allergic reactions. The majority of individuals who are treated with sclerotherapy see good improvement. Approximately 10% of patients have fair to poor results (“poor results” means that the veins have not disappeared after 6 treatments).
Alternate Methods to Sclerotherapy
Intense pulsed light