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.

If you are ready to say goodbye to unsightly spider and varicose veins, contact Seattle Skin & Laser to learn more about sclerotherapy today.