What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a simple, minimally invasive treatment designed to address varicose and spider veins effectively. It involves the injection of a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to collapse and fade from view. This treatment is well-known for its effectiveness and quick recovery time.

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?


Imagine tiny one-way streets throughout your body. That’s essentially how veins function – they carry blood back to your heart. Sometimes, due to weakened valves or other factors, these veins become enlarged and twisted, appearing as varicose veins. Spider veins, on the other hand, are smaller and resemble a web-like pattern.

Sclerotherapy disrupts this unwanted traffic flow. The injected solution irritates the vein lining, triggering a controlled closure. The body then reabsorbs the treated vein, progressively diminishing its visibility.

Who Needs to Have Sclerotherapy Treatment?

Sclerotherapy can be a suitable option for individuals seeking to:

  • Enhance the look of spider veins and small varicose veins
  • Alleviate discomfort associated with varicose veins, such as aching, burning, or swelling
  • Boost self-confidence regarding the look and feel of their legs

Here are some signs that sclerotherapy might be right for you:

  • You have visible spider veins or small varicose veins on your legs, face, or ankles.
  • You experience discomfort related to varicose veins, such as aching, burning, or a heavy feeling in your legs.
  • You’re bothered by the appearance of these veins and want a minimally invasive treatment option.

It’s important to note that sclerotherapy isn’t suitable for everyone. During a consultation at Ayana Dermatology & Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologist will discuss your medical history, assess the type and severity of your veins, and determine if sclerotherapy is the best approach for your needs.

Preparation for Sclerotherapy

While sclerotherapy is a relatively simple procedure, some preparation is involved:

  • A thorough consultation with our dermatologist is crucial. They will discuss your goals, assess your veins, and review your medical history to ensure sclerotherapy is safe and appropriate for you.
  • Avoid certain medications like aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs for 48-72 hours.
  • Please avoid applying lotion to your legs before the procedure.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.

The Sclerotherapy Procedure

Here’s a quick rundown of what you can anticipate:

  • Preparation: The treatment area will be cleansed and marked to identify the target veins.
  • Injection: A very fine needle is used to inject the sclerosing solution directly into the vein. You may feel a slight pinprick or cramping sensation during the injection.
  • Compression: After the injection, compression stockings will be applied to the treated area. These stockings help maintain pressure and promote healing.

The Benefits of Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy offers several benefits:

  • Minimally Invasive: Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure, meaning minimal recovery time and discomfort.
  • Effective Treatment: Sclerotherapy can effectively address spider veins and small varicose veins, leading to a noticeable improvement in appearance.
  • Improved Comfort: For those experiencing discomfort associated with varicose veins, sclerotherapy can alleviate symptoms like aching, burning, and swelling.
  • Safe Procedure: Sclerotherapy has a well-established safety profile when performed by a board-certified dermatologist.
  • Faster Results: Compared to other vein treatment options, sclerotherapy can provide visible results relatively quickly.

Recovery After Sclerotherapy

Following sclerotherapy, some minor side effects are common, such as temporary bruising, redness, or mild itching at the injection sites. These typically clear up within a few days to weeks.

Here are some tips for optimal recovery:

  • Wear compression stockings: As directed by your dermatologist, wear compression stockings to aid healing and minimize swelling.
  • Avoid strenuous activity: For a few days after treatment, avoid strenuous exercise or activities that could put undue pressure on the treated veins.
  • Protect your skin from the sun: Continue to avoid sun exposure on the treated area to prevent complications.

Choosing the Best Care for Your Veins: Book Your Sclerotherapy Consultation Today!

Selecting the right clinic for sclerotherapy is crucial. Look for board-certified dermatologists with extensive experience in vein treatments. Our team at Ayana Dermatology & Aesthetics is dedicated to providing personalized care with state-of-the-art technology.

Ready to say goodbye to unsightly veins? Contact us to schedule your consultation and discover how sclerotherapy can rejuvenate your skin and boost your confidence.

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I am from Miami Beach and now live in Orlando. I am frequently in Fort Lauderdale because that is where my kids live. I have been to many dermatologists over the years. Dr. Levi is by far the best dermatologist I have ever seen. Her attention to detail is incredible. She is highly intelligent and is great at communicating what is going on. I can't put into words how great of a doctor she is. highly recommend her!
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Frequently asked questions

Minor risks include temporary skin discoloration, swelling, and discomfort at the injection site. Rare complications may involve allergic reactions to the sclerosing agent.

Results are typically long-lasting. Once veins are treated successfully, they do not reappear. Yet, new veins can appear over time.

A sclerosing solution, commonly a saline or detergent solution, collapses the veins.

Most patients require 2-4 sessions, depending on the number and size of the veins being treated.

While there is no definitive age, it is often performed on adults who are experiencing significant discomfort or cosmetic issues with their veins.

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