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Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure for the elimination of unwanted varicose and spider veins.
As the vein is injected with the sclerosing agent, it begins eroding the vessel lining, encouraging it to breakdown and close up.
Sclerotherapy is used for unwanted veins on the legs, ankles, and feet.
The number of treatments needed will depend on the quantity and severity of veins, as well as response to the treatment. On average, patients require 2-6 sessions, but a single session can improve the overall appearance. Considering new vessels can always form, periodic touch ups may be required.
Results take approximately 2-3 months to occur. Once a vein is treated, it will not recur, permanently removing it. It is important to note sclerotherapy cannot address venous disease or other underlying conditions, therefore new spider veins can develop.
Sclerotherapy is generally a well-tolerated procedure with minimal downtime and side effects. The most commonly seen side effects include itching, bruising, discomfort, swelling and redness. If any of these are experienced, resolution is generally seen within several days to weeks. To help minimize incidence of adverse effects, compression stockings are recommended for the first seven days.