Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution (generally a salt solution) directly into the vein.
The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot.
Sclerotherapy is a time-tested injectable treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. A saline solution or sclerosant is delivered directly into the diseased veins through tiny needles. The solution irritates the vein walls, stops the blood flow, and causes a gradual collapse of the targeted varicose vein.
During the initial consultation, the treatment provider will discuss various treatment options and explain the pros and cons of each. The patient can assess the estimated cost and recovery period involved in sclerotherapy and compare it with other treatment alternatives to make the final choice.
Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It's often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.