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How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

How Does Sclerotherapy Work?

There’s something concerning about one day noticing that you have a protruding purple patch on your leg and realizing that you have a varicose vein. Even though varicose veins, and the smaller version, spider veins, are not often dangerous to health, they can be unsightly and a reminder that our bodies are changing. These veins tend to develop as we age or during pregnancy and they can sometimes cause discomfort, such as aching, swelling, night cramps, or even burning. Whether you want varicose vein treatment to relieve these symptoms or you want to get rid of them due to their appearance, sclerotherapy may be the vein treatment for you.

Treatment Of Varicose Veins And Spider Veins Through Sclerotherapy

What Are Varicose Veins?
These are twisted, enlarged veins that are close to the skin’s surface. Varicose veins are most common in the legs, as walking creates greater pressure in the veins in the lower body compared to elsewhere. Varicose veins are not dangerous, although they can cause feelings of self-consciousness and can appear dark purple or blue and may sometimes be raised, making the skin over a varicose vein uneven.

What Are Spider Veins?
These are small, damaged veins that appear near, and can be seen through, the skin. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, although they are smaller, can occur on the face as well as the legs, and can appear red.

Both of these conditions are caused by the blood pooling slightly in the veins, although this is not dangerous. When blood flows through the veins, tiny valves open to let it through and then close so that the blood does not flow backward. If these valves don’t fully close, blood will backflow a bit and pool in the veins, causing them to twist and appear darker. Both varicose veins and spider veins are more common in women than in men, and they often develop as a person ages or goes through pregnancy.

What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure method of removing spider veins and varicose veins. During sclerotherapy, a special compound known as a sclerosing agent is injected directly into the vein. This compound is typically made of a liquid salt mixture, although the exact compound used will depend on the size of the vein and your doctor's discretion. This compound breaks down the inner layers of the vein wall, causing the vein to scar and the blood to clot, which forces the blood to reroute to another, healthier vein. Once the clotting begins, the vein will lose oxygen and collapse and your body will reabsorb the local tissue. This will reduce the size and colour of spider veins or varicose veins. It may take several treatments but sclerotherapy will cause your varicose or spider veins to fade.

Address Varicose Veins With Sclerotherapy In Calgary

If you have varicose veins or spider veins that leave you unsatisfied with their look, sclerotherapy is an easy, non-invasive way to get rid of them. The vein treatment specialists at Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic in Calgary are experienced and knowledgeable in all forms of varicose vein treatment, including sclerotherapy. If you want your skin free of spider veins or varicose veins, start by booking a free consultation with our vein specialists and we will create a customized sclerotherapy treatment for you. To book your vein treatment, either call Glenmore Landing Vein Clinic at 1-403-253-2555 or fill out the online contact form.


Q: How many treatment sessions will it take for my varicose veins to fade?
A: This will depend on the number of varicose veins you have. In general, it takes 2 to 3 sessions for the varicose veins to fade.

Q: How long will sessions take me?
A: Again, this will depend on how many varicose veins you have. On average, one session should only take about 30 minutes.

Q: What are my varicose vein treatment options?
A: Your vein specialist will help you determine the best method of treatment. These vary from conservative treatments such as the use of compression stockings to minimally invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy and echosclerotherapy.

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