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Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat blood vessels or “spider veins” on the legs. A medicine is injected into the veins, which makes them shrink. Sclerotherapy has been used in the treatment of varicose veins for over 150 years.
Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” and is preferred over laser for eliminating large spider veins and smaller varicose leg veins. Unlike a laser, the sclerosing solution closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that are causing the spider veins to form. Multiple injections of sclerosant are injected into the surface veins of the legs. The legs are then compressed with either stockings or bandages that are worn for 2 weeks after treatment. Patients are encouraged to walk regularly during that time. It is common to require at least 2 treatment sessions separated by several weeks to significantly improve the appearance of their leg veins.