Why it's done

Sclerotherapy is often done for:

  • Cosmetic purposes — to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins

The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as:

  • Aching
  • Swelling
  • Burning
  • Night cramps

If you're pregnant or breast-feeding, doctors recommend waiting to have sclerotherapy done.

Nov. 29, 2016
References
  1. Scovell S. Liquid, foam, and glue sclerotherapy techniques for the treatment of lower extremity veins. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Nov. 7, 2015.
  2. Goldsmith LA, et al., eds. Treatment for varicose and telangiectatic leg veins. In: Fitzpatrick's Dermatology in General Medicine. 8th ed. New York, N.Y.: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2012. http://www.accessmedicine.com. Accessed Nov. 7, 2015.
  3. Varicose veins and spider veins fact sheet. National Women's Health Information Center. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/varicose-spider-veins.html. Accessed Nov. 7, 2015.
  4. Sclerotherapy of varicose veins and spider veins. Radiological Society of North America. http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=sclerotherapy. Accessed Nov. 7, 2015.