Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins


Sclerotherapy is generally a very safe and effective treatment resulting in significant improvement of unwanted small leg veins. Patients with a prior history of pulmonary embolus, deep vein phlebitis, those taking blood thinners, or those requiring antibiotics prior to dental procedures should notify us of this prior to considering therapy. On procedure day, patients must not apply cosmetics nor any kind of moisturizing lotions to the legs. Patients must not take aspirin, or aspirin containing products, for one week, and Ibuprofen (Advil, Nuprin, and Motrin), for two days, prior to treatment.

Sometimes the physician will require a small test site to be performed on first, to allow a patient to become familiar with the procedure, and for observation  over the site area, before the remaining procedure areas are treated.

Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat spider veins by injecting a solution into the veins which causes them to gradually disappear. By injecting a salt solution, known as a sclerosing solution, the lining of the veins become irritated and eventually turns into scar tissue that then fades away. This method is the preferred treatment for spider veins and has been used since the 1930s.
This procedure takes no more than an hour and there is no downtime other than avoiding strenuous activities for the first 2 to 3 days. Most patients need 2 to 4 treatments in order to achieve desired results.