Sclerotherapy closes diseased veins with an injection of a small amount of a chemical that is corrosive to the veins. This procedure has been in use for many years, and is effective on spider veins. Sclerotherapy is performed in-office, and patients can return to their regular activities immediately after treatment. This offers a straightforward option for those frustrated by spider veins.
Our nurse injectors provide vein injections under the supervision of our dermatologist, Dr. Dreifke. If you’ve been self-conscious about visible veins, or experiencing vein discomfort, schedule an appointment to learn more.
Sclerotherapy Treatment Steps
- The patient lies on their back.
- The needle used for injections is incredibly fine; however, there many be some discomfort.
- Dr. Dreifke inserts a sclerosant into the diseased vein.
- The sclerosant irritates the vein’s lining, leading to the vein swelling and blocking blood from flowing through it.
- After the needle is withdrawn, Dr. Dreifke compresses and massages the area the spread the solution and prevent blood from entering the vein.
- Treatment typically takes about 30 minutes to complete.
- After sclerotherapy, patients should walk and move their legs around to prevent blood clots from forming and encourage healthy blood flow. Wearing compression bandages or stockings will also be necessary, as will be avoiding sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation.
- Over time, the vein turns to scar tissue and gradually disappears. Treated veins typically don’t come back, but new veins can always appear.
- About a month after your treatment, we will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your results and determine whether additional sessions may be necessary.
Is sclerotherapy right for me?
If you’re unsure about the best treatment option for your veins, the best step is to arrange an assessment with our providers.
Sclerotherapy may be paired with other treatment options to achieve your desired results. Different patients will also require a different number of injection sessions depending on their case. If you’re ready to discuss details, schedule a consultation today to learn more.