If you’re bothered by leg veins that are prominent, you may have started to wear only longer pants or dresses to hide them away. But, with warmer weather on its way, it would be nice to have shorts as an option, right? Did you know that sclerotherapy can help diminish prominent blue veins? Keep reading to learn more about this amazing treatment.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a microinjection procedure that is often used to treat spider veins. The procedure uses the injection of a sterile solution into the veins with a very fine, thin needle. This solution is designed to irritate the vein lining, causing it to eventually disappear. Even better, multiple veins can be treated during one treatment session. The ]solution used could be either hypertonic saline or sodium tetradecylsulfate, depending on your provider’s preference.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are most common in women between the ages of thirty and fifty. The appearance of spider veins have been related to estrogen and pregnancy, but they can appear in other cases as well.  Essentially, spider veins look like blue or purple spider webs, lattice, or net shapes. They are completely harmless, though they can bother some people because of how they look.

Where is the procedure done?

Sclerotherapy is usually done in the doctor’s clinic. It normally doesn’t require any type of anesthesia. To begin, the patient will come to the clinic (usually in loose fitting clothing) and the spider veins to be treated are identified. The targeted spider veins are injected with the solution that will eventually destroy the vein. Normally, there is minimal pain during the procedure. A topical local anesthetic can be put on the skin before the treatment if you are concerned about pain.

Can sclerotherapy be used to treat large varicose veins?

Unfortunately, sclerotherapy is generally used for the very small superficial veins close to the skin. Sclerotherapy is generally not effective for large veins. When large veins are treated with sclerotherapy, a stronger solution and a higher volume of the solution is needed.

If you want to learn more about sclerotherapy, give us a call at (312) 971-6902 to schedule a consultation.