Sclerotherapy treats surface spider veins by injecting a tiny volume of irritant into the vein, ultimately causing it to close up over time. It is a simple and quick procedure that is performed right in our office at bionwoRx - Aesthetics and Med Spa.


Spider vein treatment


Are you bothered by tiny, thin red, blue, or purple veins that take the shape of tree branches on your legs or other parts of your body? Sclerotherapy is exactly what your medical provider will prescribe. Called spider veins or varicose veins, depending on their severity, these veins are not a danger to the patient’s health but many consider them to be unaesthetic. Fortunately, our provider treats spider veins and varicose veins using sclerotherapy.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact medical aesthetics specialist Annamarie Salyer FNP-C at bionwoRx – Aesthetics and Med Spa in Carmel, IN to see if this treatment is right for you.

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a solution, the sclerosant, directly into the affected vein. The solution damages the inner lining of the vein. The vein collapses, the surrounding tissue reabsorbs the treated vein, and blood is rerouted through healthier surrounding veins.

Spider Vein Treatment

How is the procedure performed?

The medical provider takes a tiny needle and injects a small volume of irritant solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to close down. Over time, the body  absorbs the treated vein and it disappears and lightens in color. Most patients only describe mild discomfort during the procedure.

Spider vein treatment

What can I expect after the procedure?

Directly after injection the area may be red and irritated, which is a normal outcome and usually subsides within the first week. Over time, the veins will respond to treatment and begin to disappear and lighten in color. Generally, normal activities can be resumed immediately following sclerotherapy. Compression stockings must be worn after sclerotherapy for about 5-7 days to enhance vein closure and to reduce discoloration.

Spider vein treatment

How many sessions will I need?

Sclerotherapy is a tiered treatment approach. It typically requires multiple treatment sessions spread out over several months, depending on the extent of disease. The full benefit of the treatment may not be realized until 4-5 weeks after injection, at which point the determination will be made if additional sessions are needed. There is a set limit on the volume of irritant that can be injected in one session, requiring up to 3-5 sessions to fully treat the legs.

Frequently asked questions

What are the risks of sclerotherapy?2023-04-23T15:48:49-04:00
  • Bruising.
  • Raised red areas.
  • Small skin sores.
  • Darkened skin in the form of lines or spots.
  • Multiple tiny red blood vessels.
How long does it last?2024-02-21T11:59:18-05:00
The results of sclerotherapy are both permanent and temporary. The results can be permanent because veins that are treated will fade away. However, new spider or varicose veins can develop over time.
How long does it take to recover from sclerotherpy?2023-04-23T18:29:18-04:00

Sclerotherapy patients can return to their regular daily activities as soon as the procedure is complete. If pain is present, it usually fades within just a few days. Mild bruising may occur and will heal completely in one to two weeks.

What should I avoid after sclerotherapy?2023-04-23T17:08:12-04:00

Avoid taking hot baths or swimming for at least 2 days after sclerotherapy treatment. Also, avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen. Staying active after the procedure helps prevent the formation of blood clots. However, people should avoid strenuous exercise, such as running or weightlifting, for at least a couple of days after getting the injections.

How much does sclerotherapy cost?2024-02-21T11:57:36-05:00

The average cost of sclerotherapy is $490. This includes compression stockings. The average cost of laser vein treatment for leg veins is $443.

How many sessions of sclerotherapy is needed?2023-04-23T17:05:11-04:00

In general terms and under optimal conditions, clients can achieve desirable results within 4 treatment sessions.

Is sclerotherapy injection painful?2024-02-21T11:58:25-05:00

No, it does not generally hurt. The slight pinch of the needle is likely all you’ll feel during your treatment.

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