A fine needle is used to inject the veins with a small quantity of a solution containing substances which irritate the inner lining of the vein. In response, the veins close up, and disappear. The surface veins are no longer visible. The procedure itself causes minimal discomfort. Bruising or pigmentation may result, and generally fades in four weeks, but may last for months. Scarring is uncommon. The treatment is usually performed in a doctor’s office and usually requires multiple sessions.
What results can I expect?
The success of the procedure depends of careful assessment of the problem by the specialist. Various sizes of varicose veins and spider veins can be treated with sclerotherapy. Patients undergo anywhere from one to six sessions per region, with 10 to 30 injections per session. A session typically involves treatment for approximately 30 minutes. Following sclerotherapy, patients can go back to work, travel, or mild exercise, and resume normal activities. Patients wear medically prescribed support hose and/or bandages for two weeks during the healing period to assist in resolution of the veins.