Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure used to eliminate varicose veins and "spider veins."Schedule An Appointment
Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure and has been in use since the 1930s.
In most cases, the sclerosing solution is injected through a very fine needle directly into the vein. At this point, you may experience mild discomfort and cramping for 1 to 2 minutes, especially when larger veins are injected. The procedure itself takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
The number of veins injected in one session varies and depends on the size and location of the veins, as well as the general medical condition of the patient.
Sclerotherapy is performed in our clinic by a fully trained specialist and requires that you do not partake in any extensive aerobic activity for two days after the procedure.
Prior to vein injection, you should avoid certain medications. Tetracycline, an antibiotic, may possibly cause a staining of the skin if taken seven to 10 days before or after sclerotherapy. If you need to take an antibiotic before sclerotherapy, contact Dr. Gilbert Aidinian. No lotion should be applied to the legs before the procedure.