Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for spider veins. This treatment method has been around for almost a century, and has been proven over and over again to be both effective and safe for spider vein removal.Wilma Jean's Vein Innovation Testimonial

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are widened venules that appear as red or blue, spider web-like marks on the skin or mucous membranes. In general, they are not associated with any symptoms, but skin irritation or pain might occur in some cases. Spider veins can be found anywhere on the body, including in the white of the eyes or inside your mouth, but are most commonly observed on the face, feet, ankles, legs and thighs.

How does Sclerotherapy Work?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure in which a sclerosant, a special kind of fluid, is injected straight into the spider vein through a fine needle. One such sclerosant is polidocanol (aethoxysclerol), which is also a local anestethic, and thereby does not burn or sting as some solutions might. The injection results in irritation of the blood vessel walls, shrinking of the veins and clotting of the blood, essentially rendering the vein non-functional. Consequently, the vein will break down and gradually fade away from sight.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is associated with several benefits, in addition to providing effective symptom relief. First, it is a minimally invasive and relatively fast procedure, with each session only taking approximately 15-30 minutes, and there is very little, if any, pain or discomfort during the procedure. Second, the recovery period is relatively quick;  you can usually get back to your every day routine immediately after the procedure (with the exception of strenuous exercise and taking hot baths). Lastly, this procedure has been demonstrated over and over again to be highly safe, and the risk of side effects is minimal.

That said, it is important to keep in mind that sclerotherapy is not right for everyone. For example, this treatment is not effective for very large varicose veins, and it is not recommended for women during pregnancy. You should always consult with your vein care specialist before deciding on which treatment is right for you. After treatment, patients have a renewed sense of confidence and are able to wear shorts, skirts and dresses. Get your 20-year-old legs back!