WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat unwanted blood vessels. A sclerosing solution is injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel.
ARE YOU A CANDIDATE?
Spider veins, which are dilated small blood vessels having a red or bluish color appear mostly on the legs and occasionally on the face or elsewhere. They can sometimes cause pain ranging from a dull throbbing pain to a burning sensation. When appearing on the legs, sclerotherapy is the best treatment. Larger dilated blood vessels called varicose veins are not effectively treated with sclerotherapy and may require more extensive surgery performed by a vascular surgeon.
CAN SCLEROTHERAPY BE PERFORMED ON ANY SKIN TYPE?
Yes. All skin types and coloring are effectively treated with sclerotherapy.
DOES SCLEROTHERAPY HAVE A HIGH SUCCESS RATE?
Although fading of veins is gradual and disappearance of spider veins usually occurs, most patients will witness 50 to 90 percent improvement. Once treated, similar spider veins can appear in the same general area.
WILL THE TREATED VEINS REAPPEAR?
If support hose are not worn, larger veins, as well as spider veins, can recur.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SCLEROTHERAPY?
Possible side effects include brown lines or spots on the skin at the site of injection; red, raised areas at the treatment site; stinging or pain at the injection site; and swelling of the ankles or feet. In most cases, all of these side effects are temporary.