Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins; it involves using a fine needle to inject a solution directly into the problematic veins. The solution starts a process that leads to the vein turning to scar tissue and fading from view. Blood circulation continues through other healthy veins. Larger veins are treated first. Some veins may require several injections and most disappear within two to six weeks.
The number of treatments needed to achieve the desired amount of fading differs for each patient depending on the size of the treated veins and amount of spider veins presented. The average number of treatment is 3 to 4 sessions.
Sclerotherapy typically requires no special preparation. However, you should not shave or apply lotion to the area being treated. Let your doctor know of any medications you may be taking.
The sclerotherapy procedure itself typically takes approximately 30-60 minutes, although we advise patients to plan on spending roughly two hours at the Minneapolis Vein Center.
Patients who have received sclerotherapy report little discomfort. Some experience a slight to moderate burning sensation immediately after the injection, but this disappears within a few seconds.
Patients can expect to return to normal activities the same day, since we do encourage walking immediately following the procedure. Strenuous activity, prolonged periods of standing and lifting more than 15 pounds are to be avoided for the first two weeks after the procedure.
- Compression stockings are required for two weeks following your procedure.
- We do not recommend tanning or direct sun exposure for six weeks following treatment since this may increase the prominence of any hyperpigmentation.
- Most patients experience 60-80% improvement within a few months of the procedure.