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What is Sclerotherapy?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of enlarged or dilated veins on your legs that cause self-consciousness? Perhaps you feel uncomfortable wearing shorts or skirts that show off your legs. If so, you may be able to benefit from sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is a treatment used to eliminate visible spider veins. This treatment involves the injection of a special solution directly into the vein. This causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to redirect to healthier veins. The treated vein will then collapse and be absorbed into local tissue. This treatment is popular for many because it is quick and easy with no downtime required.

The Sclerotherapy Treatment

Before sclerotherapy, patients should avoid certain medications. Dr. Erwin will inform you about these medications during your consultation. Lotion should also not be applied to the legs before the procedure.

During treatment, your legs will be cleansed, and a salt solution is injected through a small syringe directly into the vein. The solution works by irritating the lining of the vein, causing it to swell shut and blow the blood flow. Eventually, the vein will become scar tissue and disappear. During the injection, mild discomfort and cramping may occur. The number of veins injected during one session will depend on the location and size of the veins. One session usually takes 15-30 minutes to complete.

Sclerotherapy FAQs

What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?

Common side effects after sclerotherapy include itchiness, redness, bruising, and hardened veins.

How many times can you have sclerotherapy?

You likely won’t need any more than two to four treatment sessions to see the veins completely disappear from under your skin.

What is the fastest way to recover from sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy requires no downtime, and simply living a healthy lifestyle is all thats necessary to ensure the best results.

What should I avoid after sclerotherapy?

After sclerotherapy, you will want to avoid blood thinner medications like aspirin, hot water, hot compresses, and direct sun exposure from tanning beds and sun tanning.

Is there any downtime with sclerotherapy?

You will want to avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours.

How bad does sclerotherapy hurt?

During sclerotherapy, you may feel some discomfort and cramping, but the treatment is well-tolerated even without an anesthetic.

How long does sclerotherapy last?

Sclerotherapy creates permanent results, as the treated vein becomes scar tissue that is eventually absorbed by the body.

Does sclerotherapy really work?

Yes, sclerotherapy is a quick, simple way to get rid of visible veins called spider veins. Results appear over time, taking several weeks to months to fully manifest.

Does sclerotherapy leave scars?

Sclerotherapy doesnt typically leave any visible scars.

Do veins come back after sclerotherapy?

No. Veins treated by sclerotherapy do not come back.

What should you not do before sclerotherapy?

There are no restrictions prior to sclerotherapy.

Is sclerotherapy safe for the face?

No. Laser treatment is preferable on the face.

Recovery from Sclerotherapy

Following sclerotherapy, there is no downtime required. Support hosiery may need to be worn to compress the treated vessels. Mild itching may occur for a couple of days. Raised, red areas may also be seen at the injection site, as well as bruising. Sometimes, larger veins that have been injected may become hard and lumpy, which may take several months to fade. Dr. Erwin will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your treatment site following sclerotherapy for the best results. Be sure to call our office right away if you experience sudden swelling of the leg, the formation of small ulcers at the injection site, or inflammation within five inches of the groin.

Candidates for Sclerotherapy

Adults who are bothered by the appearance of varicose and spider veins can often benefit from sclerotherapy. Individuals with a history of allergies may not be good candidates for this treatment. If you are interested in learning more about this treatment and if it is a good fit for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation appointment with our skilled dermatologist, Dr. Erwin.

Contact Us today

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your visible leg veins? Contact our office today by calling 979-543-9933 if you would like to learn more about sclerotherapy and how it can benefit you. Our skilled dermatologist, Dr. Erwin, has the experience and knowledge to provide you with the quality results you desire. A consultation is the first step toward treatment, during which you can discuss your aesthetic goals with our team.