Sclerotherapy 101: What You Need to Know


Sclerotherapy is a common, effective treatment for spider and varicose veins. It is minimally invasive, yet highly effective which makes it a very popular and highly recommended solution for vein conditions.

Vein diseases occur in varying stages of severity, which can only be assessed by a professional vein doctor. If you are experiencing minor symptoms or are only concerned about cosmetic appearance, sclerotherapy is an ideal solution.

For example, spider veins are a mild form of varicose veins. They’re small veins that have begun to appear on the surface of the skin as a result of superficial damage. Although these generally do not cause significant health issues, many patients are unhappy with their visibility from an aesthetic perspective.

Additionally, sclerotherapy can be beneficial for those who have mild spider veins that are beginning to cause discomfort, which is an indicator that they may progress into bigger varicose veins or lead to complicated conditions in the future.

Whether you’re seeking treatment for health or cosmetic reasons (or both), contact a vein specialist skilled in sclerotherapy to create a plan best suited to your personal needs and expectations.

What exactly is the process of Sclerotherapy? Here’s what to expect.

Your doctor will always make sure you are comfortable and walk you through every step of your sclerotherapy. Here is a brief introduction.

The process uses a very thin needle to inject a medicated solution into the swollen, damaged, discolored, or enlarged veins. Over time, the veins will begin to decompress and you will eventually notice a significant decrease in the visibility of surface veins.

Sclerotherapy restores normal blood flow. Those seeking relief from swelling, aches, and pains will achieve relief and increased mobility. If your primary concern has been cosmetic, you can expect to feel happier and more comfortable in your newly refreshed skin.

Pre-Sclerotherapy Treatment Tips

Sclerotherapy is a simple, straightforward procedure which only requires a few specific instructions to follow in preparation for your treatment to ensure safe, fast, and effective results.

If directions are not followed pre-treatment, there is a risk of unwanted side effects such as skin sores, redness, inflammation, bruising, and irritation. Here are some practical guidelines to note in preparation for your treatment:

  • Make sure to avoid over-exposure to the sun for several weeks before treatment. The medication that will be injected into your skin may not be as effective if there is recent or substantial UV sun burns or damage.

  • Do not apply any at-home skin treatments such as creams, lotions, moisturizers, etc. directly before your appointment. Also, avoid shaving if necessary.

  • Choose your clothing for the day of your treatment wisely. Wear things that are convenient and comfortable. For example, if your legs are being treated, wear shorts that provide full access to the affected areas. If you don’t like going out in shorts, or it’s cold outside, you can always wear a pair of loose fitting, breathable, cotton sweatpants over the top.

  • Let your doctor and nurses know if you have any sensitivities or allergies to any type of materials such as latex or bandage adhesives. Bandages, including adhesive compression wraps and tape, are often used post-procedure.

  • As advised with any medical procedure, avoid alcohol, smoking, and recreational drugs before and after your treatment.

  • Openly discuss your pain-relief options with your doctor. Some anti-inflammatory medications may hinder the healing phase.

  • Consider post-treatment relief options such as heat, cold, elevation, compression, etc. Investing in compression socks or stockings (also available in hand/arm shapes) is highly recommended. They improve blood circulation and can aid in preventing future chronic vein problems. Your doctor can help you select an ideal brand and provide instructions on usage.