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The Varicose Vein Specialists of Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates believe that sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for the removal of spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Through this process, veins are injected with a sterile chemical which irritates the vessel's lining, making it become inflamed, harden, and eventually fade away completely. Blood circulation is carried out through healthy veins located deeper within the body, so the outward appearance and sometimes pain associated with the problem veins is significantly reduced.

The sclerotherapy process typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes to complete.A minor stinging or burning sensation is common during and right after the medicine (sclerosant) is injected, but this feeling is only temporary. Since the injection needle is so small, patients often feel little pain and do not require any anesthesia. After the treatment is finished, a bandage will be applied and the use of compression or support hose are usually necessary for at least a few days.

Patients normally require more than one treatment as many spider veins cannot be eliminated all at once. Sclerotherapy treatments range from anywhere between one and 10 sessions. Most insurance providers do not cover cosmetic procedures, including sclerotherapy for the treatment of spider veins, because it is not deemed a medically necessary procedure. The Varicose Vein Specialists of Riverside Radiology and Interventional Associates suggest you talk to your insurance carrier for more information.

Spider veins can sometimes resemble a spider: a large dark spot with thin veins radiating out of it, or they may appear in other patterns and variations in different places in the body. Frequently occurring in the legs, spider veins can be dark or lighter shades of blue, purple, or red.

While this information is intended to give you a good overall picture of how sclerotherapy can eliminate spider veins and small varicose veins, every situation is unique. The best way to find out if this is the right answer for you is to schedule a consultation appointment by calling 740-201-0222.