Let Leg Veins Fade Away

Varicose veins are enlarged, twisted veins usually occurring in the legs and feet. Spider veins are smaller, thinner veins that appear on the skin's surface. They are generally blue, red, or purple and resemble spider webs or tree branches. Sclerotherapy injects a solution into the affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade away over time so that you can regain an even tone to your legs.

Logo media
Young woman sitting on a car

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy, or leg vein injections, is a medical procedure for treating varicose and spider veins. This treatment is often used for cosmetic purposes but can also help alleviate symptoms such as pain, swelling, and discomfort. The procedure involves injecting a solution, typically a saline solution or a chemical called sodium tetradecyl sulfate, directly into the affected vein. This solution irritates the vein's lining, causing it to swell and stick together, eventually closing off the vein. Over time, the vein will be absorbed by the body and fade away, improving the appearance of the skin.

Who Is a Candidate?

Sclerotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. However, the following factors can determine whether you are a good candidate for leg vein injections.


Sclerotherapy is generally recommended for individuals over the age of 18.

Medical History

Patients with a history of circulation problems or blood clots may not be good candidates for sclerotherapy.


Pregnant women should avoid sclerotherapy, as the procedure's safety during pregnancy has not been established.

Overall Health

Patients must be in good health and not have any underlying medical conditions that could interfere with the procedure or healing process.


Certain medications, such as blood thinners, may need to be stopped prior to the procedure. Patients should inform their doctor of any medications they are taking.

Overall, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for leg vein injections is to consult with one of our qualified healthcare providers at Skin Care Doctors, so we can evaluate your medical history, perform a physical exam, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan. 

Background media

Leg Vein Injections: What to Expect

During a sclerotherapy treatment, you will receive a series of injections of a solution directly into the affected veins. The solution irritates the vein's lining, causing it to collapse and stick together. Over time, the body naturally absorbs the treated vein, and the blood flow is rerouted to healthier veins.

Before the treatment, you must avoid certain medications and activities that can increase the risk of bleeding or bruising. You will also be asked to wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes and bring a pair of shorts to wear during the procedure.

The treatment typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how many veins are treated. You will lie on a table, and the medical provider will clean the treatment area with an antiseptic solution. A small needle will inject the solution into the affected veins.

Sclerotherapy Recovery & Results

After the treatment, you may experience some mild discomfort, bruising, or swelling in the treated area. Our medical provider may recommend wearing compression stockings or bandages to help reduce these symptoms and promote healing. You must avoid strenuous activity, hot water, saunas, and prolonged sitting or standing for a few days.

After undergoing sclerotherapy or leg vein injections, you can expect a significant reduction in the appearance of spider and varicose veins. The treated veins will gradually fade and disappear over time, leaving behind smoother, clearer skin. Most patients will require multiple treatment sessions determined by their healing progress to achieve optimal results.

person walking on the beach with their feet in the water

Why Choose Skin Care Doctors?

Leg vein injections and sclerotherapy are safe and effective options for patients seeking relief from spider and varicose veins. When performed by one of our board-certified medical providers at Skin Care Doctors, you can trust that you will be in the hands of a skilled professional trained in the safest and most effective techniques to achieve your desired results. Contact our office today to determine whether sclerotherapy and leg vein injections will work for your skin.

Better skin health starts here. Schedule your appointment today.

Contact Us
Contact us media
Accessibility: If you are vision-impaired or have some other impairment covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to using this website, please contact our Accessibility Manager at 952-283-0123.
Contact Us