Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that effectively treats small varicose veins and “spider veins.” A sugar solution is injected directly into a vein with a fine needle, causing the lining of the blood vessel to swell and stick together. The vein will eventually collapse and will fade from view. The blood flow from the collapsed vein will then reroute to healthy veins within the leg.
This procedure can help the appearance of veins and relieve aching, swelling, burning, and cramping in the leg. It is a safe procedure with very few side effects that clears in four to six weeks. The procedure is done in our office, does not require anesthesia, and only takes 15 – 30 minutes.
You may have some bruising at the injection site that can last for several days. For best results, you will also need to wear a compression stocking for about two weeks. Typically, you can return to your normal activity right after the treatment but should wait a few weeks to resume strenuous exercise.
You can expect to see results for small veins or spider veins in three to six weeks. Larger veins may require three to four months. However, multiple treatments may be needed to achieve the results you want.
Veins that respond to treatment generally don’t come back, but new veins may appear.