Is it Worth it to Have Sclerotherapy?
When you’re considering any elective medical procedure, you need to know the risks, and weigh them against the benefits. The choice of whether or not to have an elective procedure is very personal, and every person will make their choice differently. Here, we’ll discuss the major risks and benefits of having sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a technique in which veins are injected with a solution that causes them to collapse and disappear from view. It’s used to get rid of spider veins or varicose veins. For more on what it’s like to have sclerotherapy, please see Sclerotherapy: the Procedure and Recovery.
Please note that this page is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for qualified, individualized medical advice. You should discuss your potential elective procedure with your own doctor(s), including your primary care physician and the provider who will perform your procedure if you decide to proceed.
Any treatment has risks, and it’s important to be aware of them so that you can weigh them against the benefits. Any time the surface of the skin is breached by a needle, there’s the risk of infection in that area. This could lead to an aesthetic outcome that’s not ideal, and would require you to take antibiotics.
There will be swelling and bruising in the treated area for a few days after treatment. For some people, this may lead to scarring in the treated area. Some people may also experience hyperpigmentation in the treated area after the inflammation subsides. This is a condition in which the skin makes extra brown pigment and therefore looks somewhat darker than the surrounding skin. It may take months to fade.
Some people will experience changes in the sensation of the skin in the treated area. There may be numbness of the skin over the treated veins. There may also be pain in the treated veins, which in some cases will be permanent.
Those who have spider (or varicose) veins on the legs may have trouble hiding them. They may feel that they cannot bare the legs in front of others, causing them to avoid certain activities. Unlike problems with the facial skin, which may be able to be concealed with makeup, there is usually no way to effectively conceal spider veins, other than to hide the legs completely at all times. Sclerotherapy can remove these unsightly veins, allowing people to wear whatever they want with confidence. Spider veins may also be uncomfortable or even painful, as they swell with blood during the day, and sclerotherapy may alleviate this discomfort.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost to have sclerotherapy is $331. This cost varies according to several factors, including number of veins to be injected, the region, and the particular clinic. You should check with the provider(s) you’re considering to determine the exact cost. Keep in mind that financing is often available. For more detail, visit our Sclerotherapy Cost page.