Visual Sclerotherapy

Learn about Visual Sclerotherapy for spider veins.

This procedure is strictly reserved for spider veins, which are smaller than varicose veins and generally located closer to the skin’s surface. Similar to ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, a medicine called a sclerosant is injected into the veins, initiating a reaction that causes them to close and be reabsorbed into the body. Unlike ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy, however, visual sclerotherapy is done without the need of imaging equipment. Instead, it's performed “visually” by a health professional.

When is this method used?

Fast, minimally-invasive, and effective, visual sclerotherapy is often the preferred treatment method for spider veins and other minor, more cosmetic vein conditions. And, because it's considered cosmetic, visual sclerotherapy is usually not covered by insurance.

What should I expect from visual sclerotherapy?

This treatment therapy is effective in smaller diameter veins and the results are long lasting. It's an incredibly minimally-invasive procedure requires no anesthesia, no incisions, and no down time, allowing patients to return to full activity right after its performed.

What kind of results are achieved?

Veins tend to fade within a few weeks, although it may take up to a couple months to see complete results. Visual sclerotherapy can also improve related symptoms like burning, aching, night cramps, swelling, and more.

What should I do after my visual sclerotherapy treatment to ensure vein health?

Exercising, maintaining a healthy body weight, and avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing will help ensure your vein health following visual sclerotherapy.

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More Spider Vein Treatment Types

At Center for Vein Restoration, we understand the impact that spider veins can have on your confidence and comfort. Explore the range of effective spider vein treatment types, from minimally invasive procedures to advanced therapies designed to help you achieve healthy, beautiful legs. Take a step towards vein health and renewed confidence with our treatment solutions offered by caring, experienced, board-certified vein doctors.

Lifestyle Changes

Discover how even small changes to your daily routine can help reduce and even prevent the onset of spider veins. Explore the powerful impact of exercise, nutrition, and habits on your vascular well-being, empowering you to take proactive steps toward healthier legs. But remember, lifestyle changes won't eliminate your existing vein condition.

Foam Sclerotherapy

A minimally invasive, office-based procedure, foam sclerotherapy involves creating a foam-like mixture of a sclerosing agent and air or gas. This foam has a thicker consistency than liquid (as used in traditional liquid sclerotherapy), allowing it to displace blood more effectively within the vein and come into more significant contact with the vein walls.

During the foam sclerotherapy procedure, the foam is carefully injected into the targeted problem vein using ultrasound guidance for accuracy. The foam irritates the vein lining, causing it to collapse and seal shut. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the closed vein and disappears.

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