Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is the gold standard treatment for spider veins on the legs. It is a nonsurgical procedure that uses an injectable medication to eliminate visible veins. We use a top quality injectable formula, which minimizes discomfort during and after treatment.

What are spider veins


Spider veins appear as blue or purple lines most commonly on the legs. They often form a pattern similar to that of a spider web, hence the name. When a vein malfunctions, it becomes swollen, and sometimes raised or twisted. When this happens to veins close to the surface, they often become visible. Spider veins are most common on the legs, but they can develop in other areas.

Sclerotherapy treatment


Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that causes spider veins to fade away. A mild solution called a sclerosant is injected directly into the vein. It irritates the vascular lining, causing the vein to seal itself naturally. We use an advanced formula sclerosant, which minimizes discomfort during and after the procedure.

Alternatives to sclerotherapy


Spider veins may also be treated with laser therapy. This is most common for very small spider veins and those that develop on the face. Lasers utilize a focused light beam with a wavelength that specifically targets a component in the blood. Much like sclerotherapy, this treatment causes the targeted vein to close off and eventually fade away.

The vascular laser may also be used to treat:

  • Broken capillaries
  • Rosacea and other facial redness
  • Port-wine stains
  • Red colored scars

Effectiveness of treatment


Depending on the size and number of veins to be treated, a series of appointments may be needed. Once treatment is complete, the vein will gradually be absorbed by the body. Whether you have sclerotherapy injections or laser therapy, it will take several weeks for full results to develop. Once a spider vein is gone, it will not return. However, many people are predisposed to vascular problems, so new spider veins may develop in the future. If this happens, additional sclerotherapy or laser therapy may be performed.

Our Physician Assistant, Heather Upchurch, has over 15 years of experience using sclerotherapy to treat spider veins

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment and discomfort of spider veins. Help is just a phone call away! Contact Dermatology Center of Northwest Indiana in Crown Point at (219) 785-8188 to arrange an appointment.
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