Microsclerotherapy / Direct Vision Sclerotherapy
The term “sclerotherapy” comes from the Greek word “sclero” which means ‘to make hard’. The treated vein reacts to the product that is introduced to basically convert the abnormal vein into a type of bruise.
Once formed, the vein feels a little hard and this is the signal to your body’s immune system to start dissolving the vein. Eventually the vein is absorbed and disappears.
For surface veins this is considered the current Gold Standard of treatments: Surface veins are often numerous, widespread and usually require several treatments.
Sclerotherapy is considered the first choice method for the treatment of small reticular and spider veins. This involves the injection of a sclerosant detergent solution via a micro needle into the diseased vein, which causes the vein wall to collapse. The veins dissolve and disappear as the body gradually absorbs them. For most patients with spider veins the underlying blue reticular veins need to be treated first.