Sclerotherapy is an in-office vein treatment that involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, effectively shutting it down and making it invisible from the skin. Sclerotherapy can be done with either a liquid or foam sclerosing agent. Liquid sclerotherapy is generally used for smaller veins that lie closer the skin. These are commonly known as spider veins
, and while they're largely cosmetic annoyances that aren't covered by insurance, they can reduce the overall appearance of your skin and damage your self-esteem.
Some veins are larger and deeper than spider veins, though, and in these cases we may need to use a foam sclerosing agent. Foam agents increase the potency and surface area of the agent, letting it access every part of the bulging, twisted vein and effectively closing it off and preventing it from discoloring. Sclerotherapy is performed in the office and generally takes between 15 and 30 minutes, and while discomfort is brief, some patients report a stinging, itching, or burning sensation during the treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a low-impact treatment, and you'll be able to resume daily activities immediately. To ensure maximum effectiveness, we'll ask that you wear prescription-strength compression stockings day and night for the 3 weeks after your treatment, and we'll perform a followup ultrasound 2 weeks after the treatment to make sure things are going smoothly. We'll have a final follow-up after 1 month, but you're more than welcome to come in for a follow-up whenever you feel it's necessary.