Sclerotherapy is the preferred procedure for eliminating spider veins on the face or legs. In sclerotherapy, a nontoxic liquid sclerosant (polidocanol or sodium tetradecylsulfate) is injected with very fine needles into diseased veins to close the veins down. The veins are then absorbed by the body. There is some mild bruising and swelling immediately after treatment, but there is no downtime and you can resume normal activities immediately.
Sclerotherapy procedures to treat spider veins that are simply cosmetic in nature is not considered a medical necessity and will not qualify for insurance coverage. Nevertheless, most patients find the cost of treatment surprising affordable.
Like the other vein treatments Dr. Douglass performs, sclerotherapy is an in-office procedure that typically requires less than an hour. Sclerotherapy is exceptionally safe in the hands of those trained and thoroughly experienced with the technique. Dr. Douglass and his staff are among the most experienced in performing cosmetic sclerotherapy procedures in Knoxville and East Tennessee.