Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider & Varicose Veins

Spider Veins Easily Treated to Restore Beautiful Legs

Spider Vein Sclerotherapy Treatment on the ankle before & afterDo you have annoying visible thin veins on your legs or ankles that make you feel self-conscious? These are more than likely Spider Veins. Sclerotherapy is a treatment that uses a tiny needle to inject a solution called sclerosant into the veins. This irritates the lining of the veins and causes them to close up. Furthermore, Sclerotherapy treats both varicose and spider veins which you can see on the surface of your leg. Problematic larger superficial veins (varicose veins) are “ropey” and you can see them just below the surface of the skin. Spider veins are more superficial. Sclerotherapy can help relieve symptoms caused by both varicose and spider veins.

The treatment for simply cosmetic Spider Veins is very simple. We inject veins with sclerosant, and they close over time. We usually need to perform multiple treatments to make sure the veins completely close and fully disappear.

Treat Affected Veins with Sclerotherapy St. Louis Procedures

If we find venous insufficiency and the veins have varicosities, we will first treat the underlying problems in the refluxing saphenous vein with an EVLT or RFA. Next, the remaining branches below the skin are treated. The best way to treat deep branches that aren’t visible on the skin’s surface is with sclerotherapy that is performed with ultrasound guidance. This shows them to the doctor below the skin.

We do ultrasound guided sclerotherapy with either a liquid or “foamed” sclerosant. During this time Dr. Wright monitors the vein on an ultrasound screen. Ultrasound guided sclerotherapy enables us to treat unseen veins below the surface of the skin that would otherwise require surgery. With sclerotherapy St. Louis procedures from the Laser Vein Center, we deal with veins at an early stage. This ultimately helps prevent further complications for our patients.


Superficial Veins

The last step in varicose vein treatment is treating the superficial veins in the topmost layer of the skin. These veins are often called “spider veins”. Furthermore, this procedure is also the first step in sclerotherapy for spider veins treatment. Spider veins are caused by dilation of the most superficial veins in the skin. We often use a vein light for these tiny veins to illuminate hidden vessels that feed the spider veins. This ensures a more complete and accurate treatment. Professionals usually see Visual Sclerotherapy of spider veins as a cosmetic procedure. Most health insurances will not cover this last type of treatment.


It often takes us several sclerotherapy treatments to close a vein completely. One of the major advantages of sclerotherapy in St. Louis from the Laser Vein Center is that it is able to treat veins of many different sizes. It takes two or three treatments for each vein to achieve a long-lasting closure which results in the disappearance of the vein. Each sclerotherapy injection can only close a small section of a vein at a time. Often a part of the closed segment of the vein will recannulate or reopen. This means that we would need to treat it again. It can be hard to predict how many treatments it will take to completely eliminate the vein. However, the treatment is very effective for this issue. Once we close them, the veins are gone.

*Actual Patients: Individual Results May Vary