Sclerotherapy Specialist


Dr. Don H. Gaede

Varicose Vein Specialist located in Fresno, CA

You don’t have to live with the unsightly appearance of varicose veins and spider veins on your skin. Reducing or even eliminating small varicose veins and spider veins on your skin is possible with ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy from Don H. Gaede, MD, at VeinPros in Fresno, California. To find out if sclerotherapy is the right treatment for you, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

Sclerotherapy Q & A

What is sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for small varicose veins and spider veins involving the injection of a specially formulated solution into the vein. The solution causes vein scarring, which prompts the body to reroute blood through healthier veins. When the varicose or spider vein collapses, the body reabsorbs it into local tissue, and the visibility of the vein eventually fades or completely disappears.

VeinPros uses ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to see veins hidden under the surface of the skin. The use of ultrasound equipment allows Dr. Gaede to locate and treat the problem veins. The sclerotherapy procedure uses tiny needles and does not require anesthesia.

When should I consider sclerotherapy treatment?

Not everyone with spider veins or small varicose veins requires treatment. Most people get sclerotherapy for cosmetic purposes to reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins when lifestyle changes aren’t enough. Sclerotherapy also helps relieve associated symptoms of varicose or spider veins, including aching and heavy feeling legs, swelling, cramps, rash, or burning sensations.

The varicose vein specialists at VeinPros can diagnose the cause of your vein problems and recommend an appropriate treatment.

Are sclerotherapy results instant?

Most people see results from sclerotherapy on small spider veins within two months after treatment. Treatment of larger varicose veins may require three or four months for full results. Some people may require multiple sclerotherapy treatments to reduce or eliminate spider veins.

What are the side effects of sclerotherapy?

Most side effects of sclerotherapy are temporary and go away within a few days. The most common side effects of sclerotherapy at the site of injection include:

  • Bruising
  • Skin sores
  • Darker skin or dark lines or spots
  • Tiny red blood vessels
  • Redness and raised skin

Sclerotherapy is very safe, and complications are very rare but you may require medical treatment for any of the following side effects:

  • Allergic reaction to the sclerotherapy solution
  • Inflammation and warm skin around the injection site
  • Blood clot formation in a treated vein 
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in a deeper leg vein)
  • Air bubbles in the bloodstream

Is ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy right for you? Call VeinPros or schedule your appointment online today.