Considered by many doctors as the treatment of choice for smaller veins, sclerotherapy is performed to lessen the appearance of spider veins. Many people undergo the procedure to get relief from the symptoms related to vein problems, including:
- Night cramps
How sclerotherapy works
During the procedure, a mild chemical solution is injected directly into the vein. The chemical solution causes the vein to close, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The closed vein collapses, is absorbed into the body and eventually fades.
The procedure is done in a doctor’s office and takes 5 to 30 minutes, depending on how many varicose or spider veins are treated. If several veins are treated:
- Larger veins are injected before smaller veins
- The most uncomfortable veins are generally injected first
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.
Sclerotherapy side effects
Although most people are up and around immediately after treatment, others may experience side effects at the site of the injection, including:
- Raised red areas
- Darkened skin in the form of lines or spots
- Multiple tiny red blood vessels
These issues usually go away within a few days to several weeks. But because we are each physically unique, some people report side effects taking a little longer to disappear completely.
Preferred vein treatment in the North Carolina Triad
If you’re experiencing heavy or achy legs, swelling, itching, cramping, or restless legs when you sleep, the team at Carolina Vein Specialists is here to help. In our Greensboro and Winston-Salem offices, our dedicated team of board-certified physicians specializes in minimally invasive techniques to effectively treat varicose and spider veins. We have the expertise to treat all forms of venous disease — no matter how severe.