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Surface Sclerotherapy

Rosen Vein Care

David Ian Rosen, MD

Vein Specialist located in Northbrook, IL

When it comes to treating spider veins and reticular veins, surface sclerotherapy is the gold standard. Varicose vein specialist David Rosen, MD, performs surface sclerotherapy at his private practice, Rosen Vein Care, in Northbrook, Illinois. For advanced expertise in surface sclerotherapy and other vein treatments, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Surface Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is surface sclerotherapy?

Surface sclerotherapy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that removes spider veins without surgery. This nonsurgical procedure allows you to return to normal activities quickly with no downtime for recovery.

During sclerotherapy, Dr. Rosen injects a special medication (sclerosant) into the problem vein. The sclerosant triggers a reaction that causes the vein to close up, preventing blood from flowing through. Over time, your body reabsorbs the treated vein, and it disappears. Your blood naturally redirects through healthier veins nearby.

What type of varicose veins does surface sclerotherapy treat?

Surface sclerotherapy is the leading spider vein treatment. Spider veins appear as blue, purple, or red lines beneath your skin that may resemble webs or branches. They’re the result of small, damaged blood vessels near the surface of your skin. Spider veins can occur on any part of your body, but they’re most common on the face and legs. 

Dr. Rosen may also use surface sclerotherapy to treat reticular veins, which are blue-green veins that are larger than spider veins but smaller than varicose veins. Depending on your specific needs, he may use traditional sclerotherapy or ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy instead.

For large, deep varicose veins, Dr. Rosen may recommend endovenous laser ablation.

What happens during a surface sclerotherapy procedure?

As with all procedures at Rosen Vein Care, Dr. Rosen performs surface sclerotherapy himself. He may use ultrasound imaging to guide a tiny needle to the precise location of the problem vein. Then, he delivers the sclerosant solution.

Surface sclerotherapy sessions typically last 30 minutes. Every patient is unique in the number of injections and sessions they need to achieve optimal results.

What can I expect after surface sclerotherapy?

After surface sclerotherapy, you may experience slight bruising, redness, or swelling at the injection site. These side effects are mild and usually resolve within a few days or weeks.

Dr. Rosen may recommend you limit your activity to walking for a day or two after your session. You may need to wear compression stockings for a period of time.

Some people notice the result of surface sclerotherapy right away, but it can take a few weeks to see an improvement.

To learn how you can get rid of spider veins with surface sclerotherapy, call Rosen Vein Care, or book an appointment online today.