Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider and small varicose veins. It is minimally invasive and done in the office. It involves micro-injections of a sclerosing solution into the veins. The solution causes the vein wall to swell, stick together and seal shut. The Center for Vein Care uses FDA-approved sclerosing agents including Setrodecol and Polidoconol solutions.
The body naturally redirects blood flow to healthy veins. Several sessions may be required depending on the extent of the problem. In a few weeks, the treated veins fade.
Sclerotherapy for spider veins is considered cosmetic and not covered by your insurance. During your consultation, we will review what the cost will be for treatment.
What to Expect
Most patients can expect a 50 to 90 percent improvement after treatment. Sclerotherapy does not eliminate diseased veins after one single treatment. Typically patients will require multiple treatments (4-6) to obtain the best results. Your physician will review with you the estimated number of treatments that will be required. Each treatment typically takes about 20 minutes.
Some of the complications of sclerotherapy include allergic reaction, failure of treatment, skin discoloration and formation of new spider veins.