This non-surgical procedure uses an injected sclerosing solution that injures the vessel lining, which causes the vein to slowly close off and disappear.
Sclerotherapy typically lasts 15 to 45 minutes. No anesthetic is necessary. After the skin is cleaned, the sclerosing solution is injected into the target veins with a very fine needle. The type of solution that’s used depends on several factors, including the size of the veins.
After the procedure, you may experience some temporary itching and swelling at the injection site. You can return to your normal activities immediately. Daily walks of at least 30 minutes are recommended for the first few days after treatment, but you should avoid vigorous physical activities, such as weight lifting, jogging and aerobics classes. You may be prescribed support stockings and/or bandages to wear for a few days to help keep the treated vein collapsed. A tan or brownish color may persist for 2-4 months when larger veins are treated.
Several treatments may be needed for optimal results. These treatments are set three to six weeks apart.