Overview

Sclerotherapy effectively treats varicose and spider veins. It's often considered the treatment of choice for small varicose veins.

Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.

After sclerotherapy, treated veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although occasionally it may take a month or more to see the full results. In some instances, several sclerotherapy treatments may be needed.

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.