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About Sclerotherapy-Spider Vein Treatment

Sclerotherapy is an in-office treatment used to eliminate superficial telangiectasias (spider veins) in the legs. Spider veins are enlarged blood vessels that appear red or blue. These small dilated vessels may manifest as short, unconnected lines, or they may be connected in a matted 'sunburst' pattern. They may also resemble a spider web or a tree with branches.


How Sclerotherapy Works

A solution called polidocanol is injected into the spider veins to irritate the lining of the vein and block the flow of blood, causing the vein to close. This process reroutes the blood from the closed vein to healthy functioning veins. The body will naturally re-absorb the closed vein, and as blood flow begins to reroute to healthy veins, the appearance of the spider veins diminishes on the surface of the skin.


Spider Veins

What To Expect

Sclerotherapy may require multiple sessions and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Usually, 1 to 3 treatments are necessary to effectively treat the spider veins.


Additionally, a combination of sclerotherapy and vein laser may be used in conjunction for the best results.


After Treatment

Our staff will apply compression stockings to your leg(s), and you'll need to wear them for 5-7 days after treatment. The compression helps prevent the closed vein from refilling with blood and reduces bruising, swelling, and pain. We recommend walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing. While normal activity can be resumed immediately, it's advisable to refrain from vigorous exercise, including jogging, hiking, swimming, and lifting anything over 15 pounds, for 5-7 days. Additionally, avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process (2 weeks) to prevent hyperpigmentation in the treated area.

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