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Sclerotherapy: How It Works And Why You May Need It

Sclerotherapy can be an excellent solution for both spider veins and some varicose veins. This type of treatment is minimally invasive and can be done as an outpatient procedure at the L.A. Vein Center. Here are the details about sclerotherapy, including the signs that you may need to have it.

When Sclerotherapy May Be Needed

When you suffer from either spider veins or varicose veins, you may experience not only embarrassment but also pain, discomfort, and other symptoms. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive way to eliminate the veins without surgery. This type of treatment is often done for cosmetic reasons, for example in cases where you feel embarrassed to wear shorts or a swimsuit due to your unsightly leg veins. Sclerotherapy can also be done strictly for medical reasons. If abnormal veins aren’t treated, leg ulcers or open wounds may develop on the legs, and this can lead to serious consequences.

The Sclerotherapy Process

Dr. Lee will then inject a sclerosing solution directly into each vein through an ultra-slim needle. In the case of varicose veins, ultrasound imaging may be used to ensure the most precise results. The sclerosing solution, typically made of polidocanal or sodium tetradecyl sulfate, is sterile and safe. It’s formulated to impact only the vein itself, but not the surrounding skin. When the sclerosing solution moves into the vein, it causes severe irritation to the lining of the vein. This forces the vein to undergo a process called fibrosis, in which connective tissue replaces the vein. Over time, the veins will flatten (in the case of varicose veins) and vanish. The blood released from the veins will be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. Most patients need 2-5 treatments to fully resolve spider veins with sclerotherapy.

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