These are safe and effective procedures which involve the injection of medication into unwanted veins to make them disappear. Discomfort is minimal and results are excellent.
Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” and is preferred over laser for eliminating large spider veins (telangiectasiae) and smaller varicose leg veins. Unlike a laser, the sclerosing solution additionally closes the “feeder veins” under the skin that are causing the spider veins to form, thereby making a recurrence of the spider veins in the treated area less likely. Multiple injections of dilute sclerosant are injected into the abnormal surface veins of the involved leg. The patient’s leg is then compressed with either stockings or bandages that they wear usually for 2 weeks after treatment. Patients are also encouraged to walk regularly during that time. It is common practice for the patient to require at least 2 treatment sessions separated by several weeks to significantly improve the appearance of their leg veins.
Echo sclerotherapy treats deep and superficial large varicose viens safely and efficiently, eliminating the need for surgery. This procedure is done under Doppler ultrasound guidance.