Sclerotherapy is the most common vein treatment used to treat spider veins and smaller “pre” varicose veins. The treatment involves an injection of a solution (generally sodium chloride) directly into the vein through a micro-needle.
This solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together and the blood to clot. Over time the vessel turns to scar tissue and fades from view. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven procedure that has been in use since the 1930’s.
Sclerotherapy Versus Other Vein Treatments
There are times when laser vein treatment is preferable to sclerotherapy. This method is often used to remove veins on the face, which tend to be closer to the surface of the skin and much smaller in size. However, laser treatments cannot penetrate deeply enough to successfully treat most cases of leg veins like sclerotherapy does. Sometimes a combination vein treatment of laser and sclerotherapy is recommended. If larger varicose veins are involved, a vein specialist might recommend another approach such as Endovenous Laser Treatment or surgery.
If you are tired of keeping your legs hidden because of visible leg veins, contact us for a complimentary vein treatment consultation to determine the best approach for your needs.