Sclerotherapy is a popular method of eliminating varicose veins and spider veins in which a solution, called a sclerosing agent, is injected into the veins. The sclerosing agent irritates the inside of the vein, causing the blood to clot and the vein to scar. The body is then able to find alternate pathways for your blood to return to your heart. The scarred vein is absorbed the body, eliminating the painful or unsightly superficial veins.

Sclerotherapy is very effective for the majority of patients who have superficial varicose veins or spider veins without significant reflux (as determined by ultrasound). Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee that sclerotherapy will be effective in every case. Approximately 10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy have poor to fair results. (“Poor results” means that the veins have not totally disappeared after 6 treatments.) In very rare instances, the patient’s condition may become worse after sclerotherapy treatment.

The number of treatments needed to clear or improve the condition differs from patient to patient, and depends on the extent of varicose and spider veins present. One to six treatments may be needed, with an average of three to four treatments.

Before & After

Comprehensive Vein Care is now offering sclerotherapy for hands and chest.  We are also offering sclerotherapy for breast patients following implants.

Who is a good candidate for sclerotherapy?

Patients who have varicose veins or spider veins without significant reflux are good candidates for sclerotherapy. Reflux occurs when the valves throughout the veins are not working properly, allowing for blood to flow backwards the opposite way. This is determined by an imaging study called a duplex ultrasound. This is a non invasive study that looks at the blood flow throughout your legs.

The decision for sclerotherapy is made by your doctor, and largely based on the appearance of your veins as well as the results of the ultrasound.

What are the benefits of sclerotherapy?

Relief of symptoms

Improved appearance of leg veins

Return to normal activities the next day

Quick office procedure

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