Vein Care - Sclerotherapy

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Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution into the vein that destroys the vein wall.  With larger veins this is usually done under ultrasound guidance and the solution may be mixed with air to cover a larger area of the vein.  This is called foam sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is widely used for spider veins and involves injecting liquid through a tiny needle under direct vision.  In the past, this was painful and not very effective; however, today we have much better drugs to choose from and the procedure is almost completely painless. Depending on the extent of the problem, the treatment may require only one, or possibly several sessions. A realistic expectation is the resolution of 85% of your spider veins. You should also keep in mind that additional spider veins usually develop over time and you may require a yearly “touch up”.  Most spider vein therapy is considered cosmetic and therefore not covered by insurance. Cost is not excessive however and most patients are very pleased with the outcome. Support hose are recommended for a short time after each treatment session.