Leg-Vein Sclerotherapy Information


In general, good candidates for leg-vein sclerotherapy:

  • Are bothered by spider veins anywhere on their body

  • Are committed to following their plastic surgeon's prescribed course of treatment

  • Are healthy and do not have medical conditions that impair healing

  • Are nonsmokers

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations


In preparing for leg-vein sclerotherapy, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking

  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding and bruising


You may be instructed to wear support hose to help your legs heal. The treated sites will appear bruised and you may feel some cramping in your legs for the first day or two after treatment. Because these are temporary sensations, no medication is required. Most patients are back to normal activity within a week of treatment, however bruising may take a month or more to diminish. Try to avoid sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour in the initial month after your treatment.

Although infrequent, the risks and complications of leg-vein sclerotherapy include:

  • Change in skin sensation

  • Hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin)

  • Scarring

  • Persistent pain

Unlikely Complications