How Long Does Sclerotherapy Take?

If you have annoying spider veins that you’d like to get rid of, sclerotherapy is a great option for removing them.  Sclerotherapy is a safe, reliable vein removal treatment for spider veins on areas like the arms and legs.  But what exactly is sclerotherapy and how long does it take.  

What exactly is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a vein removal treatment in which a special saline solution is used to treat damaged veins.  Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins.

During sclerotherapy, a fine needle is used to inject the saline solution directly into the damaged vein.  The solution makes its way through the vein and irritates the vein wall, causing the vein to collapse.  Blood is then rerouted to healthy veins.  The treated vein takes a few weeks to fade, so final results can take 6-8 weeks.  The improvements seen with sclerotherapy treatment are usually long lasting.

How long does sclerotherapy take?

Sclerotherapy is a simple, in-office treatment that takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete.  There is no downtime after treatment, so patients are usually able to resume regular activities right away.  However, patients are advised to wear compression stockings for 1-2 weeks after sclerotherapy, to help minimize swelling.

How many treatments do you need?

It typically takes 2-3 sclerotherapy treatments to see the best results, but additional treatments may be required for more severe cases.  There are usually no side effects after sclerotherapy.

If you’d like to learn more about sclerotherapy, be sure to consult with a physician that has a lot of success treating both spider and varicose veins.   

If you are in the greater Southwest Missouri area, Derma-Tech Medical Spa, Joplin, MO is our featured practice.

You can reach them at, or by calling (417) 206-4884.

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