This technique involves injecting a problem vein with a chemical. The chemical causes the blood vessel to close up and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy is the main treatment option for spider veins. It’s also used for treatment of certain varicose veins. This treatment is performed in a short office visit and is also painless. It may require a few visits in order to complete treatment.
There is very little discomfort after treatment and you should return to your normal activities. There may be some itching, swelling and bruising over the next day or so. This is usually not severe and will go away in a short time. For the best results, it is recommended to wear compression stockings or wraps continuously for a period of 24 hours. This is followed by wearing the stockings during the day only for the next 4 or 5 days. The compression stockings reduce the amount of pooling in the area to encourage blood flow and rapid healing.
Click here for a printable PDF of detailed after-care instructions. Note: This is the same document that you will receive once you have scheduled your sclerotherapy appointment at the Vascular Center of Northern Michigan.