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Sclerotherapy is the main treatment option to remove spider veins. It is also used to treat some varicose veins. This non-surgical procedure is performed in a short office visit and is usually painless, although you may feel a slight burning or stinging sensation. Most cases require a series of treatments scheduled a few weeks apart. Sclerotherapy is often done in conjunction with RFA or EVLA.

In this procedure, Dr. Bellamah uses a tiny needle to make multiple injections of a solution — called a sclerosant — into the vein. This solution causes the vein walls to stick together and then seal shut. The vein can no longer hold blood and is eventually absorbed by the body. It will take several weeks for the treated veins to fade and disappear.

Illustration of vein treatment procedure

After the procedure, you’ll wear compression stockings for several days to speed healing and improve circulation. You can walk and return to normal activities immediately after sclerotherapy. We encourage you to walk frequently because this helps to redirect blood to healthier veins that are deeper in the leg.

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