Sclerotherapy is used to effectively treat unsightly varicose and spider veins. Often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins, sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein, causing the vein to scar and collapse, which in turn forces blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is then reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
How is sclerotherapy done?
Sclerotherapy is performed in a doctor’s office. After the treatment area is cleansed, the solution is injected directly into the blood vessel through the use of very fine needles. The number of veins injected in one session is variable, depending on the size and location of the veins and the patient’s overall medical condition.