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Varicose veins are twisted and swollen veins visible just below the surface of your skin. Also called spider veins, they are most common on the legs but can show up on the thighs, calves, ankles, and face as well. Besides causing unattractive veins, this common problem can also cause pain, skin ulcers, blood clots, and other health problems. Sclerotherapy for leg veins / varicose veins in Philadelphia can help you look and feel better in a short time.

What you need to know

Sclerotherapy is a medical procedure that involves a doctor injecting a chemical called a sclerosant into varicose veins to eliminate them. This procedure is virtually painless. The chemical damages the vessel’s innermost lining. This causes it to form a clot that prevents blood circulation in the vein just beyond it. Your body then reabsorbs the clot to permanently eliminate the vessel. The result is smoother and healthier skin that you won’t want to cover up.

Treatment expectations

Although discomfort is minimal during your treatment session, you may experience some bruising for a few days after your appointment. This is normal. You may need up to six sessions to achieve the results you desire, although most patients have significant improvement after two or three. For best results, plan to schedule your sessions approximately six weeks apart.

Your skin care routine after sclerotherapy

We recommend wearing compression socks for at least several days after a sclerotherapy session to maximize results between appointments. Be sure to take excellent care of your skin by using a daily moisturizer and avoiding prolonged sun exposure. Please contact us to learn more or schedule an appointment to finally get rid of your varicose veins.