Sclerotherapy For Vein Treatment

spider-varicose-veins-problem-on-legs-04Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular treatments for varicose veins and spider veins. The doctor injects a salt solution to irritate and diminish the veins for the treatments. Let’s have a look at the conditions, procedure, recovery, and cost of sclerotherapy.

When Do you Need Sclerotherapy

example-spider-vein-legs-pic-05Varicose veins are those that become enlarged and twisted beneath the skin. Varicose veins swell and become weak, which causes problems like shrinkage of veins, skin irritation, rashes, and pain. Whereas, spider veins occur due to bursting or damage of small blood vessels beneath the skin. The veins become more apparent and form red blue or purplish color on the skin.

Sclerotherapy and is an effective and minimal non- surgical procedure to treat both the conditions.

How to Prepare for Sclerotherapy

example-varicose-veins-legs-pic-06Before the procedure, your doctor will give you a physical exam and review your medical history to know whether you qualify for Sclerotherapy or not. They will tell you about the potential risks, expectations, and outcomes of the treatment. You will probably not qualify for Sclerotherapy if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have blood clotting risk or disorder
  • Suffer from a serious medical condition like heart disease
  • Have pre-existing conditions
  • Are a chain smoker
  • Take contraceptives like birth control pills
  • Have severe allergies


If you do not have any of these conditions and sclerotherapy is the best treatment option suitable for you, your doctor will set the time and date for your appointment. They will take an ultrasound to view the veins which are to be treated.

When your sclerotherapy is two or three days away, make sure that you do not shave, wax, or get some any kind of cosmetic treatment like airbrush or spray tanning. Avoid sun exposure or swimming, especially if your skin is sensitive. Avoid using soaps, lotions or creams with harsh chemicals on your skin. You may use a mild lotion for moisturizing your skin. On the day of appointment wear loose and comfortable clothing.

Procedure for Sclerotherapy

sclerotherapy-procedure-vein-removal-treatment-nyc-02The procedure for Sclerotherapy usually takes place in the doctor’s office. There is no requirement of anesthesia, and the process is done within 15-20 minutes. The doctor will ask the patient to lie down. If the treatment is for the varicose veins or spider veins for legs, then the patient has to elevate their leg slightly.

The doctor will inject a salt solution directly into the vein or veins  that need to be treated. The sclerotherapy solution will irritate the inner linings of the veins. The veins will swell, and the blood flow will be ceased. As a result, blood is forced to flow through normal and healthy veins. The veins scar and collapse, then are reabsorbed into the blood and local tissue, gradually fading away.

The complete removal of the damaged vein can take a few weeks or can take a month or more in some cases. Some patients may require to have several Sclerotherapy procedures for complete removal of varicose veins.

When the doctor inserts the needle, they will apply the pressure and massage the area so that the blood does not enter the injected vessel and disperse the Sclerotherapy solution. If the veins are large, the doctor will probably apply a compression pad on the area to keep the veins compressed while they move on the next vein. The patient would feel minor stinging or cramps during this whole procedure.

Risks of Sclerotherapy

As with any treatments, there are few risks associated with sclerotherapy. Although these risks are minimized when you have a qualified dermatologist perform it but following conditions that can occur with a few patients:

  • Raised red areas
  • Slight bruising
  • Small skin sores
  • Darkened skin on the area of treatment
  • Multiple tiny red vessels may appear for some time after the procedure


In case of a faulty procedure or severe complications, some serious side effects can occur. These include blood clots, allergies, inflammation, and visual disturbances. The procedure has to be done very carefully as tiny air bubbles, if left in the blood vessels, can cause other side effects. This is why it is necessary to get Sclerotherapy from an experienced and highly skilled doctor or dermatologist. Also it is important to tell your doctor about any medical condition, history, or medication you have.


Since the procedure is simple and minimally invasive, you will be able to walk around. Movement is necessary to avoid any chances of blood clotting in the veins. You may have to wear stockings or compression bandages for two weeks until complete recovery. You must avoid strenuous activities and exercise at least for two weeks.

The Vein Treatment Center

At the Vein Treatment Center, our highly experienced & skilled doctors regularly perform Sclerotherapy to remove unwanted veins. Founder and main vascular surgeon Dr. Luis Navarro has pioneered numerous non-invasive vein treatment procedures, including EVLT, Combined Therapies, and now PAINLESS SCLEROTHERAPY.

Most treatments are painless, permanent and have a quick recovery period. For the past 30 years we have been providing our patients with safe, fast, and long-lasting cosmetic results.

If you think you require Sclerotherapy, call us today and book a no-cost consultation and treat your unwanted veins.

327 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065

Toll-free: 800-300-VEIN

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