Sclerotherapy is an injection procedure that has been used for the treatment of spider veins since the 1930s. One of several kinds of solutions, called sclerosing solutions, is injected directly into the blood vessel with a very fine needle. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and close off. The vessel then turns into scar tissue that is barely noticeable over a period of weeks to months. To achieve the maximum effect, a single blood vessel may have to be injected on several occasions.
Scheduling an Appointment
At your initial visit, your doctor will examine the areas you wish to have treated to determine which vessels are appropriate for treatment, as well as the amount of time that will need to be scheduled. Treatments generally take 15-30 minutes.
We use safe, well-tolerated solutions that do not produce pain upon injection and have little potential to cause allergic reactions.
Pressure bandages are applied to the injected areas immediately after treatment. Normal walking, but not vigorous exercise, is allowed the day of treatment. Routine exercise may be resumed after 48 hours.
Surgical support pantyhose for compression are recommended for daytime use for 3 weeks after the treatment. Compression helps seal the treated vessels to allow for better resolution, and may also reduce the development of dark spots during the healing process.
Most patients will see a 50-80% improvement after one to three treatments.
Insurance does not cover sclerotherapy it is undertaken for cosmetic reasons. The patient is therefore responsible for the cost of the treatment at the time of the procedure. Costs will be quoted prior to treatment. Your physician will discuss costs with you.