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Sclerotherapy is used to treat spider veins and varicose veins that occur most commonly on the legs. The process consists of a chemical solution, or sclerosant, that is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. The solution irritates the damaged vein, causing it to collapse. The body will then absorb the faulty vein, redirecting blood flow to other healthy veins.

What to Expect from Treatment
Sclerotherapy can be used cosmetically to treat spider veins and medically to treat varicose veins. Since the needle used to inject the solution into the vein is very fine, the procedure is minimally-invasive, and virtually pain-free. Depending on the diagnosis, a patient may require more than one treatment session, and the number of veins treated in each session will vary as well.

The Recovery Process
After treatment, patients can return to normal daily activities. You may be recommend to wear compression socks or stockings for a certain period of time to help the veins heal. Walking is encouraged to help with blood flow. Hot baths, saunas and hot tubs should be avoided for at least two weeks following treatment, and sunblock should be applied to the treated areas to protect against direct sunlight.