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Varicose, Reticular and Telangiectasia (spider veins)
How it’s done:
Sclerotherapy is performed to help decrease the appearance of spider veins. A microscopic needle is used to inject a sclerosant into each individual vein to make them shrink and become less noticeable. Longer veins can also be injected with a sclerosant and often times foamed. Ultrasound may be used.
Level of anesthesia:
Non-required polydoronol injected (sclerosant)
Risks of procedures:
Most procedures carry a risk, for these venous treatments the risks are minimal. Complications may include allergic reaction, bleeding, blood clots, ulceration, infection, or non-closure of the vein.
You will be required to wear a compression stocking for a week after the procedure, although 3 weeks of compression is preferred.
For more information:
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call the UCLA Varicose Vein Clinic.