Leg Veins

Sclerotherapy (Leg Vein Injections)

If you are experiencing uncomplicated spider veins or reticular leg veins, the minimally-invasive Sclerotherapy procedure may be for you.

Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution into affected veins, causing them to collapse and disappear. The treatment of leg veins may also be done using our GentleMax Pro® or Vbeam® Perfecta Lasers.

  • A solution is injected into the vein with a very tiny needle. It works by irritating the endothelium of the vessels, eventually causing the vessels to collapse and disappear. There are a variety of solutions that can be used depending on the type of vessels being treated.

  • A typical sclerotherapysession lasts 15-45 minutes. Multiple injections are done in one session.

  • The needles used are very small, so at most there is a small pinching sensation. Injection of the solution may also cause some minor burning that will dissipate.

  • Compression stockings are put on immediately after the procedure. It is necessary to keep pressure on the vessels treated for best results. Your healthcare provider will recommend that you wear compression stockings for two weeks following treatment. We also discourage heavy aerobic exercise for two weeks; after that you can resume your normal activities.

  • Sclerotherapyis a very safe and effective procedure. It is common to experience mild redness, temporary itching and slight bruising after undergoing a sclerotherapytreatment. Additionally, brown-tan discoloration (hyperpigmentation) may occur that can last a few months after treatment.

  • Generally, the best time for vein treatment is during the fall and winter, so your legs will be looking their best by the following spring or summer. We also recommend you stay out of the sun for 8 weeks after treatment, as sun exposure can increase risk of hyperpigmentation.

  • The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient and depends on the extent of spider veins present. Most patients achieve 50-70% reduction in blood vessels after one treatment, so usually you need two to three treatments.. This can be discussed at your consultation.