What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a popular method for eliminating spider veins that utilizes various solutions, called sclerosing agents, which are injected into the veins.

Does Sclerotherapy work for everyone?

The majority of persons who have sclerotherapy performed note improvement in the appearance of the spider veins after 2 treatments. Most patients require 6 treatments for complete clearing of the veins. Approximately 10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy will have veins that do not totally disappear after six treatments.

In very rare instances the patient’s condition may become worse after sclerotherapy treatment. The best results will be obtained when the patient is conscientious about wearing the suggested support hose for three days following the injections.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed to clear or improve the condition differs from patient to patient, depending on the size of the spider veins.

One to six or more treatments may be needed; the average is three to four. Individual veins usually require one to three treatments. Because only 3cc of sclerosing solution may be injected per visit, patients with many spider veins may only be able to have 30% - 50% of them treated each visit. The doctor will discuss this with you during your consultation appointment. Injections can be performed every 2 weeks. Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.