Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to treat reticular and spider veins mainly for cosmetic reasons. This procedure involves an injection of a liquid solution into the vein. The solution is injected into the vein and irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to contract and collapse. The most commonly used liquid agent is Sotrodectol which is FDA approved. Hypertonic can also be used but is more painful than sotrodectol. This procedure is virtually painless and has No Downtime. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure and has been in use since the 1930’s to treat problem veins.
In general, spider veins respond to treatment in 3-6 weeks, and larger veins respond in 3-4 months typically most patients need 3 treatments. Few patients require more than three treatments. If the veins respond to the treatment, they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear over time. If needed, you may return for more injections. Compression stockings are required following the procedure. Ask your physician if sclerotherapy is right for you.