Sclerotherapy is commonly known as spider vein treatment. Spider veins are small, thin veins close to the surface of the skin. Though these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not essential. Sclerotherapy works by irritating the lining of the vein, sealing the vein shut. The purpose of it is to reduce the appearance of veins that have protruded through the skin.

In this procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade, rerouting blood through normal veins. The procedure may also remedy the symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling, and leg cramps.

After treatment, patients usually wear a compression stocking for a short time. Most people need 4-8 treatments, done in weekly intervals, to obtain the best results. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Most patients notice a 50-90 % improvement in appearance and symptoms.  This treatment does not require anesthesia. It generally only takes about half an hour to complete. Sclerotherapy is considered by many to be the treatment of choice for varicose veins.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

You may be a good fit for spider vein removal if you find your visible veins to be aesthetically displeasing. Spider veins can occasionally become painful making removal necessary. Patients of all ages can get spider veins, however, they are more common in adult women.

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Spider Vein Contributing Factors

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Patients should be in otherwise good general health and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them. Your vein specialist will customize a treatment plan to suit your short as well as long-term goals at the time of your initial consultation. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not candidates for spider vein removal.

How Do Varicose Veins Differ From Spider Veins?

Varicose veins are larger, usually more than a quarter-inch in diameter. They are also darker in color and tend to bulge. Varicose veins are more likely to cause pain and be related to serious vein disorders, compared to spider veins. Sclerotherapy is also a trusted treatment for varicose veins, though in many cases other treatments are necessary.

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