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What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a less invasive procedure often used to help eliminate spider and varicose veins with little to no major side effects. The procedure can be performed in your dermatologist's office and typically will require only a short period of recovery.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment to remove varicose veins as well as spider veins. Sclerotherapy has been a proven treatment option since as early as the 1930s and is still commonly used for those who suffer from cosmetic issues due to the presence of spider or varicose veins. Ideal candidates will have no history of blood clots, although if you have had a blood clot, it is still possible to have the procedure. Your medical history will be evaluated before you are recommended for the procedure.

How is the Procedure Performed?

You will be asked to discontinue all anti-inflammatory medication, or over the counter meds that can thin your blood 48-72 hours before your procedure. Once prepped, your dermatologist will inject a salt solution directly into your affected veins. The process will take between 15 and 30 minutes and may cause a small amount of discomfort especially when treating larger veins. The number of veins treated at one time will depend largely on your current health and medical conditions as well as the location of the veins. After the procedure, you will be required to avoid exercise or heavy activity for a few days.

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

The chemical solution injected into your veins will break down and destroy the lining of the vein. As these small cells dry up, it will cause the vein to collapse and close. During the few weeks following the procedure, your body will absorb the vein naturally.

Side Effects of Sclerotherapy

While most side effects of sclerotherapy are common, such as itchiness or bruising at the injection site, there are a few rarer but possible side effects including.

  • Large veins may become lumpy and take months to dissolve
  • Brown lines and spots may appear that can last indefinitely
  • You may develop small veins where the removed veins were, but these typically will disappear within a year

You often find sclerotherapy as a treatment option at most vein care centers as it is an effective, less invasive way to remove spider and varicose veins that may have become painful or unsightly.

If you suffer from spider or varicose veins, or another form of venous insufficiency, sclerotherapy may be the best treatment options for you. For more information or to schedule a sclerotherapy treatment, contact The Vein Centers in Chicago, IL.