Sclerotherapy is an effective, safe and relatively painless treatnent for reducing spider veins.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a popular method to treat spider veins. A sclerosing agent is injected into the vein using a fine needle. This solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and stick together. A 60-70% reduction of visible veins is an appropriate expectation.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments differs for each person. The average person needs three to four treatments. The approximate number of treatments will be determined during your initial consultation. Overall satisfaction with sclerotherapy is very high, but it is important that the injector and the patient have the same expectations. You are not eligible for sclerotherapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What to expect during treatment:
The injections are performed in a doctor’s office. The patient is lying down and treatment area is cleansed. The solution is injected directly into the vein using a very fine needle. The number of veins injected in one session varies and depends on the size and location of the veins. You will feel some mild discomfort when the veins are injected, and a cramping sensation may be felt for 1 to 2 minutes. The sclerotherapy procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.