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What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that is intended to selectively eliminate the small abnormal leg veins. This is achieved by injecting a solution, or sclerosing agent, into these small leg veins or spider leg veins. This initiates an inflammatory reaction in the vein wall. During the healing process, the vein shrinks to a small invisible thread of scar tissue.

Does sclerotherapy work on everyone?

Most people treated will have good results. However, there is no guarantee that sclerotherapy will be effective in every case. Approximately 10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy have poor to fair results. In very rare instances, the patient’s condition may become worse after sclerotherapy treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments differs from patient to patient, depending on the extent of spider veins present. One to six or more treatments may be needed; the average is three to four. Treatments are repeated every 4-6 weeks.

What are the most common side effects?

Bruising, local tenderness, redness (erythema) and/or swelling are the most common side effects. These side effects usually resolve within a week. For more information on potential side effects, please refer to our Informed Consent Form for Sclerotherapy.

Does sclerotherapy provide a long-term cure for leg veins?

No, sclerotherapy is a treatment, not a cure for varicose veins and spider veins. Additional new veins will likely occur because vein development is related to environmental, hormonal and genetic factors beyond our control.

How soon will I see improvement in my leg veins?

The cosmetic benefit will appear after successive injection sclerotherapy treatments have been performed and the healing process is complete.

What are the contraindications for sclerotherapy?

If you have a known allergy to polidocanol (Asclera), coagulation or bleeding disorder, circulatory problems, insulin-dependent diabetes, or pregnant, you should not undergo the procedure.

How do I determine if I am a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

Our healthcare professionals will do a complimentary consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for sclerotherapy. Sometimes the leg veins are too varicose (large, tortuous, distended veins) and are not amenable to sclerotherapy. In this situation, we will refer you to a vascular specialist for further evaluation.

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