Today, many plastic surgeons are treating spider veins with sclerotherapy. In this rather simple procedure, veins are injected with a sclerosing solution, which causes them to collapse and fade from view.
The procedure may also remedy the bothersome symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, swelling, and night cramps.
How is Sclerotherapy performed?
A typical sclerotherapy session is relatively quick, lasting only about 15 to 45 minutes. You will be asked to lie down on the examination table and the skin over your spider veins will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Using one hand to stretch the skin taut, your doctor or nurse will begin injecting the sclerosing agent into the affected veins with a tiny needle. Bright, indirect light and magnification help ensure that the process is completed with maximum precision.