Sclerotherapy, or ‘injection therapy’, is the most common treatment for spider and varicose veins on the legs. During treatment, a mild chemical solution is injected into the incompetent vein or capillary. The sclerosing agent irritates the walls of the vessel, causing it to collapse. The body then absorbs the vein and blood is re-routed to a healthy vein, restoring proper venous circulation in the area.
A single sclerotherapy treatment session involves multiple injections. Patients describe the injections as feeling like a pinprick or mosquito bite. The number of treatment sessions needed will vary from patient to patient, depending on the number of veins treated, healing time, and the level of cosmetic perfection desired.
Following injections, the leg is wrapped with an elastic bandage for several hours to help keep the vein closed. Normal daily activities can commence immediately after treatment, although compression stockings may need to be worn for 1-3 days after the procedure, depending on the vein size.
At times, we may aid injection therapy by transilluminating the surrounding area to make deep problem veins more visible to the naked eye. By passing a special high intensity light through the skin’s surface we are able to locate and inject the deeper source of your varicose and spider veins.