What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure which injects a sclerosing agent into the unattractive spider vessels or reticular veins prominent in the legs. These agents collapse the walls of the veins which leads to total or partial elimination from view.
Sclerotherapy can be done in the office without the need for anesthetics. Most injection treatments take as little as 15 – 30 minutes.
The commonly used sclerosing agents are hypertonic saline solution, Sotradecol or Polidocanol.
What Sclerotherapy patients can expect
- Temporary side effects include swelling, itching and bruising.
- For sclerotherapy patients, I wrap the leg with a compression bandage for 24 hours and ask you not to stand in one place, but rather walk around or if lying down elevate the legs. This is done to maintain good circulation in the legs which helps to avoid blood clots.
- It may take over a month to see the results of the spider vein injections and sometimes it is necessary to have repeated sclerotherapy sessions to properly treat the cosmetic appearance of your legs.
- New spider vessels can occur even though you have had sclerotherapy and may require future treatments.