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Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is performed by Keith Llewellyn MD in his Santa Barbara office to remove unwanted spider veins.

What to Expect

Sclerotherapy involves placing a very small needle into the vein and then injecting a solution. The solution historically and generally used is hypertonic saline. This irritates the blood vessel wall lining which then swells and occludes the varicose vein. Typically, 3 to 6 weeks after sclerotherapy, up to 50-80% of the treated spider veins will fade away. Each treatment session usually takes 20 minutes and no anesthesia is required. Most patients require 2 to 4 treatment sessions separated by an interval of 6 weeks.

Post-Care Instructions

Following a sclerotherapy session, you will be asked to wear compression stockings for at least one week. Additionally, for two to three days after sclerotherapy, you are advised to avoid hot tubs, hot baths, warm compresses and long plane flights. Protect the treated area from the sun. Walking is encouraged, but heavy exercise should be avoided for one week.