Sclerotherapy is a technique used to minimize or remove unwanted superficial blood vessels in the skin–usually “spider veins” on the legs. It involves injections of a substance (usually a concentrated form of sterile salt water called hypertonic saline) that irritates the inner lining of the unwanted blood vessels and causes a decrease in diameter of the treated vessels. In many cases, the procedure ultimately results in clearance of the spider veins, typically after a series of treatments. Depending on the extent of the spider veins, many patients are asked to wear custom fit prescription strength support stockings for a couple of weeks after each treatment session in order to enhance results of the treatment.
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