Dr. Craig Oser Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon Pittsburgh



Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat unwanted blood vessels, such as spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are dilated small blood vessels with a red or bluish color that can cover small or large areas of skin and become noticeable. Sclerotherapy irritates the lining of the vessels, causing them to swell and stick together and the blood to clot, then become scar tissue, which fades away. Most patients can expect a 50 to 90 percent improvement, however, fading is gradual. Disappearance of spider veins is usually achieved but similar veins may appear in the same general area.

Sclerotherapy can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence but it is unrealistic to believe that every affected vein will disappear completely as a result of treatment. After each sclerotherapy session, the veins will appear lighter. Two or more sessions are usually required to achieve optimal results. You should also be aware that the procedure treats only those veins that are currently visible. It does nothing to permanently alter the venous system or prevent new veins from surfacing in the future. Before you decide to have sclerotherapy, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them Dr. Oser.