Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to eliminate varicose and spider veins. It involves the injection of a solution directly into the vein. The solution irritates the vessel wall lining causing the vein wall to swell and stick together eventually causing the vein to turn into microscopic scar tissue that fades over time.
Sclerotherapy is considered the gold standard of vein treatment for leg veins less than 4 mm in diameter. Sclerotherapy is a well-proven treatment for vein disease and has been in use since the 1930’s.
Treatment of spider veins, 1-2 mm in size, is always considered cosmetic and not covered by insurance. Treatment of larger veins by sclerotherapy may be covered by insurance if deemed medically necessary