Sclerotherapy FAQs

Sclerotherapy for spider and varicose veins is available at The Kopelson Clinic, and offers a way to achieve smooth, beautiful legs once again. The therapy is a microinjection procedure and one of the most effective treatments for spider and varicose veins available. If considering undergoing the procedure through your favorite Beverly Hills skin specialists, check out answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions:

What is Sclerotherapy?

This effective treatment for spider and varicose veins uses small needles that inject a sterile solution into affected veins. The solution causes irritation in the vein lining, resulting in fibrosis and eventual disappearance. Treatment is minimally invasive, and numerous veins may be treated per session.

How Many Treatments Will I Require?

The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the number and severity of your varicose and spider veins. And while treatment varies by individual, the average is between two and four procedures. Patients with mild cases of varicose and or spider veins usually require one to two treatments.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

Sclerotherapy generally takes 15 to 30 minutes, which again depends on the number and severity of the veins. As with dermal injections and similar procedures, sclerotherapy may be completed on a patient’s lunch hour.

Is The Procedure Painful?

A slight burning sensation is usually felt when the solution reaches the affected vein. However, this sensation is mild, and most patients do not require anesthesia. Additionally, many patients remark that the procedure is much less painful than they thought it would be.

Who is a Candidate For Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is not for anyone who is pregnant or nursing. It should not be performed on individuals with a history of allergic reactions to sclerosant (the solution), or those with blood clot issues. Patients with serious inflammation in deep leg veins should not undergo treatment, nor should anyone with high blood pressure, diabetes, and blood-borne, infectious, or cardiac diseases.

Talk to the Beverly Hills dermatologists at The Kopelson Clinic today to determine if sclerotherapy is right for you. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

For more on sclerotherapy and other available treatments, please contact The Kopelson Clinic.