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5 Benefits of Sclerotherapy for Spider Veins

Do you find yourself choosing to wear pants or long skirts to hide the red, blue or purple veins on your legs? If so and you are looking for clearer, smoother skin, you may be a good candidate for sclerotherapy.

Here at Plateroti Dermatology in Templeton, California, Dr. Carmelo Plateroti and our highly trained team can meet all your dermatologic and aesthetic needs with state-of-the-art treatment options. Combining an integrative approach with both Western medicine and holistic treatments, we can provide care for everything from acne and skin cancer to aesthetic concerns, including sclerotherapy for spider veins.

Spider veins

Spider veins occur on the surface of the legs or face and look like thin webs, branches or lines. They occur when a vein's valve no longer closes properly. This allows blood that should only flow in one direction to go backward and pool inside the vein. They are similar to varicose veins, but are typically smaller and not as deep. Though there are exceptions, spider veins usually don't cause pain.


Fortunately, sclerotherapy can help get rid of spider veins and restore skin to its smooth and clear complexion. This unique treatment offers a number of benefits, including:

Simple procedure

This minimally invasive procedure typically requires no hospitalization or anesthesia. A very fine needle is used to administer a salt solution into the veins. This solution irritates the veins causing them to close down and the blood to clot. Over a period of time, the blood vessels become scar tissue and fade so that they are no longer visible through the skin. There is little pain or discomfort.

Quick and easy preparation and treatment

There are no elaborate preparation guidelines to follow before undergoing sclerotherapy. Typically people shouldn't wear any lotion or shave their legs beginning a day before the appointment. Loose clothing should be worn to give easy access to the area. The length of the procedure depends on the number of veins being treated, but usually, it only takes 15-30 minutes to complete.

Proven track record

Sclerotherapy has been used to treat spider veins for over 70 years.

Many good candidates

This treatment can be performed on a wide range of people with spider veins without many limitations. However, if an individual is pregnant or has issues with blood clotting, it may not be right for them.

High success rate

Sclerotherapy has a high success rate with up to 80% of the spider veins treated fading after just one treatment session.

If you're tired of hiding your spider veins, call us today at 805-434-2526 to make an appointment, and learn how sclerotherapy can help.

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