Sclerotherapy is an effective technique to remove varicose veins and spider veins. Your legs can be free of unsightly veins in as little as one to three treatments. At your treatment, your doctor will inject a solution directly into the vein. The solution causes the vein to harden and gradually break ups; and reroutes the blood through healthier veins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Spider and varicose veins occur when valves in the vein become damaged or weak, causing blood to pool. Age, prolonged sitting and standing, obesity, pregnancy, injury and family history play a factor in the development of spider and varicose veins.
You won’t need to take time off work. It is recommended that you don’t exercise for 24 to 36 hours after your sclerotherapy treatment. You will also need to avoid immersing the treated area in hot water.
You can expect to see results in three to six weeks. Larger veins may take longer to fade.
Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure and has few serious complications. Temporary side effects are bruising, redness, and minor pain at the injection site.