Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment

Available In Pittsburgh, PA or Columbus, OH

What is Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment?

Sclerotherapy Spider Vein Treatment is the oldest, yet most common, treatment for spider veins and reticular veins. Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive, in-office treatment designed to diminish the appearance of spider veins by injecting a mild solution into the veins, which causes the treated vein to collapse and disappear.

The benefits of sclerotherapy spider vein treatment include:

  • Improved appearance of unsightly spider veins and reticular veins
  • Return to normal activity immediately following treatment
  • Quick, simple, proven treatment with minimal discomfort
  • Relief of symptoms associated with spider veins
  • In-office treatment
  • Nearly immediate, visible results

In Pittsburgh, sclerotherapy is performed in our comprehensive vein center by our highly trained nursing staff or Jerome Itzkoff, MD, board-certified cardiologist.

In Columbus, sclerotherapy treatments are performed in the medical spa during a simple office visit by our registered nurses or by our board-certified surgeon specializing in vascular insufficiencies, Marios Panayides, MD, FACS.


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Treatment Information

Sclerotherapy spider vein treatments involve microinjections of a sclerosing agent into the affected spider veins, which irritates the vessel walls and causes the treated veins to seal and eventually disappear. Sclerotherapy treatment can last from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the number of veins treated; one to six treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired result. Although improvement is usually seen immediately after a treatment session, the full effect and benefit of Sclerotherapy usually takes two to four weeks. After a series of treatments, most patients notice a 50-90 percent improvement in the appearance of spider veins and in their reduction of the symptoms.While sclerotherapy is often performed for cosmetic purposes, it can be used in combination with other vein treatments, including:
  • Varicose Vein Laser Surgery
  • Microphlebectomy Varicose Vein Treatment
  • IPL Facial Vein Laser Treatment

Recovery from Sclerotherapy Treatment

Typically, sclerotherapy patients report only slight discomfort after the treatment, mainly mild tenderness at the injection site. Most patients return to normal activities immediately following treatment—although vigorous activity will be discouraged for the first few days. Walking is strongly encouraged as it increases the blood flow to other healthy veins and compression stockings are recommended to accelerate healing and improve the results.

Insurance Coverage for Spider Vein Treatments

Most insurance companies do not cover the costs associated sclerotherapy treatment because it is most often performed for cosmetic purposes. However, some plans may include coverage if treatment is necessary to relieve pain or discomfort that impedes activity or is deemed medically necessary. At the time of your initial vein screening, our staff will discuss the treatment, associated costs and payment arrangements including insurance coverage.

Does Sclerotherapy treatment provide permanent* results?

The results of Sclerotherapy vary from person to person. Generally, treated veins will at first darken and then lighten as the healing process continues. The healing process can take anywhere from two weeks to a month. After subsequent treatments, veins will appear less visible or fade away completely.

How many Sclerotherapy treatments will I need to see results?

Depending on the severity of the spider veins, multiple treatments scheduled at least one month apart, may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Typically three to six treatments are needed. While Sclerotherapy will improve the appearance of the treated spider veins, it will not prevent additional spider veins from surfacing.

Are there any risks associated with Sclerotherapy treatment?

There are very few risks associated with Sclerotherapy treatment. Because an injection is made into the skin, redness and swelling may occur at the injection site and the risk of infection is increased.

Alternative Treatments

Non-invasive light-based treatment for telangiectasia, reticular veins, rosacea and a full range of other benign lesions. Using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) or the Cynosure® Apogee Elite Laser, unwanted facial veins are selectively targeted and eliminated while leaving the healthy surrounding skin undisturbed.

Microphlebectomy varicose vein treatment is performed when varicose veins near the surface of the skin are too large to treat with sclerotherapy or are too small to correct with laser surgery vein treatments.

Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) has made the painful vein striping surgeries, often performed in a hospital setting, a procedure of the past.

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