What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a common treatment for small (spider veins) and medium size (reticular) veins. A tiny needle is used to inject the veins with a solution (called a sclerosant) that irritates the lining of the vein. In response, the veins collapse and are reabsorbed. The surface veins are no longer visible. Depending on the size and location of the veins, different types and strengths of sclerosants are used. With this procedure, veins can be dealt with at an early stage, helping to prevent further complications.

You may need anywhere from one to several sclerotherapy sessions for any vein region. Depending on the type and number of veins being treated you may have one or several injections per session.

The procedure, performed in the doctor’s office, usually causes only minimal discomfort. Generally, no “recovery” time is needed after sclerotherapy, and patients can resume their regular activities immediately.

Possible complications of sclerotherapy include inadvertent intra-arterial injection, skin ulceration, hyperpigmentation (dark spots), telangiectatic matting (blush spots), superficial phlebitis, deep vein thrombosis (blood clots), and allergic reaction. Scarring and other complications are rare, but it’s important to talk with your specialist about your options to understand the advantages and disadvantages of every treatment option.

If you have little blue or purple lines on your legs, call us to schedule a no obligation free screening.  Dr. Mathai will evaluate your leg veins and discuss options with you at no obligation. We’re here to help your legs be the best they can be.  Call today 717-412-7226.


Results by Dr. Mathai.  Sclerotherapy can be used on the superficial veins after varicose vein treatment is done.