Although laser and other alternative treatment options are available to treat spider veins, sclerotherapy is the standard treatment.

  1. Sclerotherapy: This is the standard method to treat spider veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the sclerosant (FDA approved medication) into your spider veins to close the veins. The vein wall lining is irritated, shut down, and absorbed by the body. It is a very tolerable procedure with very minimal pain (painless)
  2. Laser treatment: The high-intensity beam of light is used to destroy the vein. It is rarely used on legs because it is not very effective and more painful.
  3. Veinwave or VeinCogh treatments: These are good alternatives for fine thread veins.

Recovering course

This depends on several factors such as technique, medication used, and individual differences. Generally, tiny spider veins may fade in 2-3 weeks, whereas thick spider veins may disappear in several months. Multiple sessions may be needed in order to see the best results because a single treatment cannot obliterate all spider veins.

Benefits of Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is very efficient in getting rid of spider veins. There is no down time and patients are able to return to regular activities immediately after the procedure. However, we recommend that patients avoid extra heat applied to legs such as sauna hot tubs, lifting more than 15 lb, and long traveling (flying) for 20 days.