Spider veins are an embarrassing and often painful condition that affects millions of men and women as a result of heredity, pregnancy and hormones. These affected veins appear on the leg as a raised, tangled and unattractive web under the surface of the skin. Women are most often affected by this condition and as a result may be embarrassed to wear shorts or show their legs.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat “spider veins.” During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected directly into the affected vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a proven procedure and has been used for decades.
How successful is sclerotherapy in treating spider veins?
Sclerotherapy works well for most patients. It is estimated that as many as 50 percent to 80 percent of injected veins may be eliminated with each injection session. In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 6 to 8 weeks, and larger veins respond in 6 to 8 months. If the veins respond to the treatment, usually they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear over time. If needed, you may return for injections.
Before & after pictures for treatment of spider veins