Sclerotherapy involves injecting a liquid agent through a tiny needle directly into spider veins, causing them to contract and collapse.
This procedure is best suited for medium to large spider veins because it relies upon fitting a tiny needle into a tiny vein. After the treatment, compression stockings must be worn for three to ten days. Exercise, hot baths and alcohol should be avoided for two to three days following the treatment.
It is reasonable to expect a 50% improvement following each sclerotherapy session.
It is estimated that millions of people are bothered by spider veins – small clusters of red, blue or purple veins that commonly appear on thighs, calves and ankles.
In fact, it’s estimated that at least half of the adult female population is plagued with this common cosmetic problem.
These “spider veins” are caused by a variety of factors, including heredity, pregnancy (and other conditions that involve changes in hormone levels), weight gain, long periods of standing, and certain medications.
The two options for spider vein treatment are sclerotherapy and laser. They can be employed independently or in combination.