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Sclerotherapy FAQ

Sclerotherapy may sound like a scary medical term, but in reality, it is a harmless and safe treatment I administer every week to patients experiencing spider veins.

Here are some of the most common questions I hear from apprehensive patients regarding the procedure:

 

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that uses an injected solution to target spider veins. Spider veins are small, thin veins, which are red, blue, or purple and commonly appear on the face and legs. These veins can be safely removed because they are inessential to the venous system.

Does Sclerotherapy hurt?

This is probably the most frequently asked question! I always tell patients not to worry too much about the pain. I’ve never had any of my patients complain with sclerotherapy. Even my patients with needle phobias are pleasantly surprised that the procedure is much less painful than they expected! One of my patients has said, “Dr. Fern did my sclerotherapy. As I am petrified of needles, Dr. Fern and his staff answered ALL of my questions and was very patient with me. Overall, I am very happy with my experience and will continue to use Dr. Fern for sclero in the future.” You can see additional reviews on our Dr. Base page.

How many treatments are required?

Most patients require multiple treatments for maximum results, but the benefits are visible after just a single session. The original spider veins will be completely diminished with this procedure.

Is Sclerotherapy safe?

Yes, Sclerotherapy is very safe. Medical complications are extremely rare.

Will there be any downtime?

This procedure requires little downtime. Patients are encouraged to wear support hose and walk frequently to prevent blood clots. Many of my patients have been able to play tennis and exercise just a few short days after the procedure.

What are the results and how soon will they appear?

Patients will see a dramatic difference almost immediately. When the compression bandages are removed, there will be typical bruising and reddish areas at the injection sites, but the bruises will diminish with time. What’s left after that is clearer, healthier, and younger looking skin.

How long does Sclerotherapy last?

Sclerotherapy permanently destroys the veins that have undergone treatment. However, the treatment will have no effect on newly appearing veins that grow over time.

 

Hopefully this clears up any pressing questions you may have had about Sclerotherapy. I’ve been performing this procedure for years and have seen countless patients walk away, thrilled with the results. It always brings me joy to help patients regain confidence as a result of getting rid of their spider veins.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any other concerns or call my office to make an appointment.
Be well,
Dr. Fern.