Sclerotherapy for spider veins
What we tell our patients: Sclerotherapy is the most effective treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins.
Spider Veins vs Varicose Veins
- Extremely thin veins at the skin’s surface
- Red or blue in color
- Circular clusters of veins with long, thing legs running outward from the center – looks like a spider!
- No pain
- Generally larger than spider veins, bulging from the skin’s surface, appearing swollen, lumpy, and tangled
- Serious pain and discomfort, such as aching, burning, rashes, restlessness, fatigue, or cramping
Sclerotherapy can help ease the symptoms and appearance of both spider and varicose veins. Treatment is quick and painless!
How Sclerotherapy Works
Sclerotherapy treatment 101
First we assess your spider and varicose veins during a complimentary consultation to make sure sclerotherapy and/or laser will be effective. A series of three treatments may be recommended. For more complicated cases, we refer to a vein center.
During Sclerotherapy and Results
Our provider uses an ultra fine needle to inject Asclera directly in the veins. Asclera irritates the lining of the blood vessels and causes them to collapse and fade away.
The best results are visible in about a month. Note: some veins will require more than one treatment. Multiple spider veins and varicose veins can be treated at one appointment.
After your procedure, some redness and tiny bruises may be visible around the injection site, which will fade within a couple weeks. For larger vessels, we may request you wear compression leggings or socks.
Repeat treatments are generally performed at one month. Results are long lasting.
Spider veins are a common condition that many face. Fortunately, sclerotherapy is one of the many treatments that gets you back feeling confident in shorts.
Sclerotherapy is a safe, well proven procedure and has been used since the 1930s. Our providers use FDA-approved Asclera for this quick procedure, and it only takes 15-30 minutes from start to finish.
Asclera irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to collapse. The body then naturally disposes of the veins treated by sclerotherapy.
Asclera is more effective and less painful than previous saline injections.
Sclerotherapy Before & After Photos at
Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center
“I am always very pleased with the professional and knowledgeable staff, the cleanliness of the office, as well as the comfortable and friendly environment. I was very nervous and had no experience or information when I initially reached out to their office via an online form. They were very helpful, and made me feel very comfortable about my decisions moving forward. I’m so happy I’ve found the right place for such a sensitive aspect in my life. It makes all the difference! Thank you!”
Sclerotherapy Frequently Asked Questions
We use FDA-approved Asclera, that collapses the veins and allow them to naturally disappear.
There is a slight stinging and poke with each injection, but sclerotherapy isn't overly uncomfortable for most patients.
At Cosmetic Skin & Laser Center, we offer sclerotherapy at all locations.
- Sclerotherapy in Naples, Florida.
- Sclerotherapy in Boca Grande, Florida.
- Sclerotherapy in Traverse City, Michigan.
- Sclerotherapy in Petoskey, Michigan.
The cost of sclerotherapy depends on the amount of areas treated and amount of product used. Sclerotherapy cost starts at a few hundred dollars.
Research suggests that sclerotherapy removes problematic veins in 75-90% of cases, but typically requires multiple treatments.
When spider veins are a cosmetic concern only, insurance companies will not cover the treatment. However, if your veins are deep and painful, insurance will cover the cost of the vein removal at some vein centers.
After sclerotherapy, some patients can expect not to have to wear compression leggings or socks. However, wearing compression leggings or socks is case dependent, and some may have to wear them for up to two weeks after treatment.