FAQs About the Sclerotherapy Procedure

A patient undergoing sclerotherapy near their ankle by a vein specialist.

Since sclerotherapy was first introduced in the United States nearly a century ago, it remains one of today’s most popular, tried-and-true treatment options for spider veins.

If you have heard of sclerotherapy, and want to do your due diligence before you jump on the bandwagon, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the procedure to help you make a well-informed decision.

Q: How is Sclerotherapy Performed?

Sclerotherapy involves your vein doctor injecting a sclerosing solution directly into the diseased veins. The solution works by irritating the veins, causing them to collapse, seal shut, and eventually disappear.

Q: Does It Hurt?

Sclerotherapy is a well-tolerated procedure, using just a very fine needle. Although it is typically carried out without any anesthetic, your doctor can use a topical numbing cream, applied 30 minutes beforehand, at your request.

Q: Is It Safe?

When done by an experienced vein specialist, sclerotherapy is a remarkably safe procedure with very minimal risk for complications.

Common side effects of sclerotherapy include mild stinging, bruising, swelling, and warmth around the injection site. These are temporary and often dissipate within a few days to a few weeks.

Q: How Soon Will I See Results?

Depending on the severity of your spider veins, it may take you up to six weeks to observe definitive results. Your vein doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment around a month after your procedure to assess how well the procedure has worked and if you do require more sessions. You will likely need to wait for roughly six weeks before you can undergo another sclerotherapy session.

Q: Am I a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

People who are pregnant, have allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent, or with heart disease (including those who have had bypass surgery) are not eligible for the procedure. The treatment is also not recommended for patients with large varicose veins.

Q: Where Else Can Sclerotherapy Be Used?

Other than spider veins in the legs, sclerotherapy can be used to eliminate those in the hand, arms, chest, feet, and ankles.

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At Missouri Vein Specialists, Dr. Scott Darling is one of the most reputable vein specialists in the state. He offers sclerotherapy as well as other advanced vein treatments—helping countless men and women in Kansas City, Liberty, Marshall, and beyond successfully banish their vein problems.

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