Sclerotherapy is a procedure that reduces unsightly spider veins and small varicose veins on the legs that plague approximately 50% of the adult population. Spider veins and varicose veins form for a variety of reasons; commonly including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.
During the procedure, a series of tiny injections of a sclerosing agent are injected into each individual spider vein. The sclerosing agent causes the vein to collapse and fade from view. Compression bandages and compression stockings are often required to be worn for a short period of time following the treatment. The treated veins may look bruised or reddish for up to a month. Multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve desired clearance depending on how extensive the spider veins are. Very small varicose veins may also be able to be treated with sclerotherapy.