Sclerotherapy

Spider Veins? There’s no reason to wait! Our cosmetic surgical procedures and injection sclerotherapy can give you the legs you’ve always wanted… affordably with minimal inconvenience.

Sclerotherapy is a technique that can be used to treat most varicose and spider veins. This non-surgical procedure causes the destruction of veins by injection of a solution. Sclerotherapy relieves symptoms for many of patients who experience symptoms from leg vein problems. With this procedure, veins can treated at an early stage to prevent further complications or worsening of the problem.

With regard to varicose vein treatment, we perform sclerotherapy alone for minimal varicose disease, and combine sclerotherapy with other procedures for advanced varicose disorders. Some clinics only “inject” veins and don’t offer the surgical treatments needed. Physicians who are limited to treat varicose veins only by injection may not be able to offer the patient other treatment options such as surgical or endovascular methods.

How is sclerotherapy performed?
A fine needle is used to inject the veins with a small quantity of a solution containing substances which irritate the inner lining of the vein. In response, the veins close up, and disappear. The surface veins are no longer visible. The procedure itself causes minimal discomfort. Bruising or pigmentation may result, and generally fades in four weeks, but may last for months. Scarring is uncommon. The treatment is usually performed in a doctor’s office and usually requires multiple sessions.

What results can I expect?
The success of the procedure depends on careful assessment of the problem by the specialist. Various sizes of varicose veins can be treated with sclerotherapy – from the very large to the very tiny. Patients undergo anywhere from one to four sessions per region, with 10 to 30 injections per session. Following sclerotherapy, patients can go back to work, travel, or mild exercise, and resume normal activities. Patients wear medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages for several weeks during the healing period to assist in resolution of the veins.

Will my insurance company provide benefits for this?
The majority of sclerotheraphy procedures performed at this location are for cosmetic reasons rather than because of medical necessity. As such, these services are performed by Veincare Consultants, Ltd. which does not file for insurance benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
about patient care after sclerotherapy

Will I have to wear compression bandages or stockings after my sclerotherapy treatments?
Most patients will have to wear compression hose at least during the day during and shortly after treatment. Compression following sclerotherapy is an adjunct to the treatment. Current medical literature supports the use of compression to insure the best possible cosmetic result.

If I have to wear compression stockings after sclerotherapy, will over-the-counter products provide sufficient compression?
No, over-the-counter products provide insufficient compression for use after sclerotherapy. Prescription products, pre-made or custom made for difficult sizing situations are required.

How long will I have to wear compression?
Daily wearing of compression hose during treatment and for several additional weeks after the injections are completed is necessary for most other treatment programs.

Are those ugly compression stockings that are thick and beige the only stockings that I can wear?
No, today, much more fashionable hose are produced by several manufacturers.

What will my legs look like after injection sclerotherapy?
The sclerotherapy injections may cause bruising. The bruises take one to several weeks to fade, just as do bruises from minor injuries to the legs. Frequently, a hive-like appearance near the injection site may occur but usually disappears without treatment after several hours. If necessary, an over-the-counter low dose steroid cream may be applied to the injection sites to decrease itching and inflammation the day of injection treatments.


Content reviewed and updated on August 3, 2013.