Treating Leg Veins

Spider veins, known  the medical world as telangiectasias, are small, thin veins that lie close to surface of the skin. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an essential part of it. Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may resemble tiny branch-like shapes; or they may appear as thin separate lines. A number of factors contribute to the development of spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain, occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.  

Spider veins are more common in women than men. Men and women of any age may be good candidates for Sclerotherapy/Laser treatments, but most fall in the 30-to-60 category. Spider veins may become noticeable very early on - in the teen years. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their 40s.  

Sclerotherapy is the method for eliminating superficial telangiectasias (spider veins) by the injection of a sclerosing agent into the veins. The majority of most patients will have a significant clearing of the veins. However, there can be no guarantee that it will be effective in every case. 

Pre-Treatment Information

  • You should bring a pair of loose fitting shorts with you to each visit.
  • You will need compression stockings before or on the day of your appointment. Once you receive your compression stockings, bring them with you to each visit.
  • Do not wear any lotions or other cosmetics on your legs on the day of your appointment.
  • Do not shave your legs the morning of your appointment.
  • Do not tan or use bottled tanning lotions 2 weeks before or after your treatment.

Be Patient with Your Body

  •  Spider veins take an average of 3-5 treatments spaced at least 4 weeks apart. The number of treatments may vary depending on your situation.  
  • Your veins will look worse before they look better.  
  • Discoloration varies from patient to patient, and may take weeks to months to fade completely.


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Pre & Post Instructions

Patient Pre and Post information for Sclerotherapy (pdf)