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Sclerotherapy Sclerotherapy is a process that uses injections of a sclerosing agent to dissolve and eliminate spider veins. The physician or nurse uses a tiny needle to inject the solution directly into the spider vein. This solution displaces the blood in the vein, causing it to blanche, or turn white. The procedure eliminates the veins from view, and can also alleviate some of the symptoms that sometimes accompany them, such as aches, cramps, swelling, or burning sensations.

Spider veins usually appear on the legs, hips, and ankles and appear bluish or purple and reddish in color. They are usually quite thin, and may form in branch-like shapes, with small veins stretching out from a centralized area, or simply in small separated lines. Spider veins do not serve a purpose in the oxygenation of tissue and are a result of increased pressure to the veins.

While sclerotherapy is most commonly used for treating spider veins, it can also sometimes be used to treat minor varicose veins in certain patients. More often, however, because of the larger and more serious nature of varicose veins, surgical treatment is required.
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Time Required for Sclerotherapy:
Sclerotherapy sessions usually last about a half hour. Best results tend to be seen with at least 3-4 treatments performed about 2 weeks apart, but anywhere from 1-6 treatments may be necessary.
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Is Sclerotherapy an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
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What are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy side effects may include itching, hyperpigmentation, allergic reactions and minor pain at the injection site.
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How Long do Sclerotherapy results last?
For elimination of veins, patients need to complete the total number of treatments deemed necessary. Most veins will fade within 2-8 weeks (larger veins can take several months to fade) of the final session of sclerotherapy. Results are permanent. Of course, it's possible for new veins to appear over time.
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What is the recovery time for Sclerotherapy?
There is no downtime after the treatment — patients can immediately resume regular activities — but the sclerotherapy recovery period involves the following:
- Patients are encouraged to walk afterwards
- Many are asked to wear medical support hosiery to compress the treated area
- Patients are restricted from applying any form of heat to the treated area for 48 hours following treatment (ex: no hot baths or saunas)
- To further assist with successful sclerotherapy recovery, patients are also restricted from high impact activities such as jogging or swimming for 7-10 days after treatment. They must also abstain from direct sun exposure (no tanning!) during this period.
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Will my insurance company cover Sclerotherapy?
Due to the cosmetic nature of sclerotherapy, insurance is generally not involved. There may be specific medical conditions that call for the treatment, in which case partial coverage may be received. It is best to contact your insurance provider to inquire about their policy before pursuing the treatment.
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Is there much discomfort for Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is virtually painless. The injection is made with an ultra fine needle. For larger veins, a mild discomfort similar to cramping may be felt for a couple minutes.
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Sclerotherapy?
For sclerotherapy, anesthesia is not required.
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What else can I combine Sclerotherapy with?
Sclerotherapy can be combined with laser vein treatments or any other cosmetic treatment that would add aesthetic enhancement.
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What else is Sclerotherapy referred to as?
Spider vein treatment. Spider vein removal.
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