If you have spider veins or varicose veins, you may have considered seeking professional treatment. One of the most common treatments prescribed to individuals with abnormal veins is sclerotherapy. Below is some information to help you understand this treatment option and determine whether it is the right choice for you.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a vein treatment most often used to treat small varicose veins and spider veins. During this treatment, a vein doctor uses a thin needle to inject a special medication into the abnormal blood vessels being treated. This medication irritates the walls of the vein, causing them to swell and stick together. The body reabsorbs the vein, and it fades from view.

When treating spider veins or superficial varicose veins, sclerotherapy can be used on its own. However, if deeper veins are being treated, the vein doctor may use sclerotherapy in conjunction with duplex ultrasound.

What to Expect

The entire sclerotherapy procedure takes about ten minutes to complete, depending on the number of veins being treated.  This procedure can be performed in the comfort of your vein doctor’s office, and no general anesthesia or hospital admission will be required. Sclerotherapy doesn’t require any downtime, and most people are able to return to their normal activities almost immediately after leaving the office.

Sclerotherapy can eliminate both the appearance and the discomfort associated with abnormal veins. However, results may not appear immediately. In addition, some cases may require additional treatments in order to eliminate the appearance of abnormal veins entirely.

Sclerotherapy is not the only treatment available to individuals with spider veins. Alternatives to sclerotherapy include ambulatory phlebectomy, endovenous laser treatment and transdermal laser treatment.

How Do I Learn More?

If you have abnormal veins and you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy, you need to make an appointment with a vein doctor. Please call Metro Vein Centers today to schedule a consultation at your convenience.