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Treat spider and varicose veins with sclerotherapy at the Center for Surgical Dermatology.

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Treat spider and varicose veins with sclerotherapy at the Center for Surgical Dermatology.


What is Sclerotherapy?

If you have spider or varicose veins, the treatment options are limited. Fortunately, there is one tried and tested spider vein treatment that dermatologists have been turning to for decades—sclerotherapy. 

Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of spider and varicose veins. During the sclerotherapy procedure, your experienced provider injects a sclerosing solution into the vein, which causes the vein to swell, stopping the blood flow through that vein. Blood then reroutes through other healthy veins nearby and, over time, the treated vein will collapse and turn into scar tissue. 

Within a few weeks or months, the treated veins will reabsorb into the body and any discoloration will fade. The result is softer, smoother, clearer skin with no noticeable spider veins. 

If you are ready to schedule your sclerotherapy treatment in Westerville, Ohio, give us a call at (614) 847-4100 or reach out online

Dermatologist injecting a patient's leg

Sclerotherapy FAQs

Sclerotherapy is a popular treatment for improving the look of spider veins and varicose veins. However, patients often have a lot of questions about it, such as its safety, effectiveness, and how long the results last. Our board-certified providers answer these questions and more in our helpful FAQs section below. If you have any additional concerns, contact our team

They are damaged veins that have developed due to the weakening of one-way valves inside the vein. In healthy veins, these valves push the blood in one direction, towards the heart. In varicose and spider veins, the valves no longer have the strength to keep pushing the blood and the blood begins to pool in the vein. 

As a result, the veins begin to look more prominent, showing up as raised, swollen blood vessels that twist and turn (i.e. spider veins and varicose veins).

Sclerotherapy treats spider veins by using a sclerosing solution that causes the vein to scar, damaging it to the point where the blood is forced to reroute to healthier veins. Over time, the treated vein turns to scar tissue and is reabsorbed into surrounding tissue, eventually fading until nothing visible remains. 

Yes – Sclerotherapy is an excellent varicose vein treatment. For varicose veins, we often recommend consultation with a vascular surgeon to explore all treatment options. At your initial consultation, your doctor will suggest a personalized treatment plan that delivers the best possible outcomes.

Absolutely. Sclerotherapy has been used to successfully treat spider veins and varicose veins for about ninety years. Furthermore, our team of certified and licensed physicians are highly trained and experienced in administering this cosmetic procedure to achieve the best possible results. 

It’s important to note that there are some minor risks associated with the procedure, especially for those who have a history of blood clots, so your doctor will want to discuss your unique risk factors with you to ensure you make an informed decision when determining if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.

While sclerotherapy side effects are minor, there is a risk that you may experience the following at your injection site: 

  • Bruising
  • Raised red areas
  • Small skin sores
  • Darkened skin in the form of lines or spots
  • Multiple tiny red blood vessels

These side effects typically go away within a few weeks. Also, choosing a licensed and experienced professional to administer your sclerotherapy injections reduces the risk of having unwanted side effects. 

Generally, sclerotherapy is not painful. You may experience some temporary discomfort and a slight pinch during the injections, but previous sclerotherapy patients have told us that it is highly manageable and worth the end result. 

Since sclerotherapy permanently damages and eliminates spider and varicose veins, the results should last a lifetime. However, it’s important to understand that more spider and varicose veins can develop after your procedure, so you may need follow-up appointments after to maintain your initial sclerotherapy results. 

In some people, the treated spider and varicose vein will look worse immediately following the procedure. However, any discoloration from the procedure should fade within a couple of months. 

Generally, most of our sclerotherapy patients resume their normal day-to-day activities after the procedure, but it may be wise to have someone drive you home. Your doctor may recommend you avoid strenuous activities to ensure you do not experience any complications or alter your results. 

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, our board-certified providers recommend wearing compression stockings during waking hours for at least two weeks following the procedure to aid in healing and efficacy of treatment. 

In most cases, sclerotherapy is not covered by insurance, as this procedure is considered elective and not medically necessary. However, healthcare coverage varies depending on your individual plan. 

We recommend that you consult with your insurance provider to better understand what cosmetic treatments are covered under your healthcare plan before scheduling a sclerotherapy treatment in Westerville, Ohio. 


Sclerotherapy Photos

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, sclerotherapy is our physicians’ first-line spider vein treatment. Browse our sclerotherapy photos to learn more about how this procedure is performed, the type of spider and varicose veins we treat, and what level of results you can expect.

A Woman With Varicose Veins Before TreatmentA Woman's Clear Leg After Treatment For Varicose Veins
Before And After Treatment Look At Varicose VeinsA Woman's Clear Legs After Treatment For Varicose Veins
Varicose Veins In A Patient's Leg Before TreatmentA Knee With Reduced Varicose Veins After Treatment

Treat Spider Veins with Sclerotherapy in Westerville, Ohio

Are you ready to achieve smoother legs with less visible spider and varicose veins? Get in touch with the Center for Surgical Dermatology and schedule a sclerotherapy treatment with our board-certified providers! Our team has years of experience administering this spider vein treatment and can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. 

Schedule your sclerotherapy treatment in Westerville, Ohio, by requesting an appointment online or by calling our clinic at (614) 847-4100.

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Have questions or concerns? Please give us a call at 614.847.4100.

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