What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a rather simple procedure done to eliminate varicose and spider veins for more youthful-looking legs. During treatment, very small amounts of saline solution are injected into the veins, just below the surface of the skin. This solution damages the innermost lining of the vein, resulting in a clot that blocks blood circulation in the vein, causing it to collapse. Over time, the body will then absorb this vessel, and it will fade away.

Who is a Candidate?

Men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins can often benefit from Sclerotherapy. Candidates should be in good health, and be at a healthy weight. Pregnant women are not candidates for this treatment.

Results and Recovery

After the sclerosing solution is injected into the veins, the veins will shrink and “blanch” or become paler. Over time, the vein will gradually fade and disappear leaving you with clear flawless skin. Following sclerotherapy, patients should wear compression dressings on their legs for 1-3 weeks. Itchiness, redness, and swelling may occur at the treatment sites.  Most patients can return to their normal activities right after their sclerotherapy treatment. A follow-up visit within two weeks of the treatment is needed to ensure that results are coming along nicely.


What is the main problem of varicose veins?

Varicose veins can cause painful symptoms such as an achy or heavy feeling in the legs, itching around the veins, burning, throbbing, or muscle cramping, swelling in the lower legs, and worsened pain after standing or sitting for a long period of time.

What causes varicose veins?

Damaged or weak valves in the veins can lead to varicose veins.

What are the symptoms of varicose veins?

Symptoms of varicose veins include veins that are deep blue or purple, veins that appear bulging and twisted, itching, changes in skin color around the veins, pain, or aching.

How do I know if I need my varicose veins treated?

If your varicose veins are causing you discomfort, it may be beneficial to undergo vein treatment to ease symptoms.

Do veins grow back after removal?

Most patients do not experience vein regrowth after vein removal. However, in some rare instances, varicose veins do reoccur.

Can Massage Help varicose veins?

Massage therapy is not an effective treatment for varicose veins. Vein treatment is the most effective option.

How are varicose veins treated?

Varicose veins are treated with sclerotherapy. This is a simple procedure where small amounts of saline solution are injected into the vein, causing it to collapse.


Locations Offered:

Washington Locations

If you are ready to say goodbye to unsightly spider and varicose veins, contact Seattle Skin & Laser to learn more about sclerotherapy today.  Seattle Skin and Laser also treats patients from Mercer Island and the Issaquah area.

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