Sclerotherapy is the injection of a sclerosing (hardening) solution into a spider vein to produce inflammation and scarring.
The inflammation and scarring renders the vein nonfunctional and it gradually closes and shrinks. A typical sclerotherapy spider vein treatment session is relatively quick, lasting only about 15 to 45 minutes. You will be asked to lie down on the examination table and the skin over your spider veins will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Using one hand to stretch the skin taut, your doctor or nurse will begin injecting the sclerosing agent into the affected veins. Bright, indirect light and magnification help ensure that the process is completed with maximum precision.
Approximately one injection is administered for every inch of spider vein – anywhere from five to 40 injections per treatment session. A cotton ball and compression tape is applied to each area of the leg as it is finished. Two or more sessions may be needed. Compression stockings are required for optimum results.
Laser Vein Ablation
The 1060 Nd:YAG Laser is an effective option for veins up to 3 mm in diameter and may be used on facial or leg veins.
The procedure is quick and is often used in conjunction with sclerotherapy and photorejuvenation (IPL).