What is Sclerotherapy?

When it comes to varicose, reticular and spider veins, pain and unsightly veins in the legs are indeed a regular occurrence, which explains why many people with venous disorders are eager to treat problematic veins. If you suffer from small varicose and spider veins, you should consider sclerotherapy. Recovery from this type of treatment is very quick and practically painless, so you will be on your feet again in no time.

Sclerotherapy is a noninvasive procedure performed by the Physician Assistant to treat spider veins and uncomplicated reticular veins. The treatment involves simple injections into the affected veins. The product used is Asclera (polidocanol), which is a prescription medicine that damages the inside of the vessel. Over time, this vessel will be absorbed and disappear. You may notice improvement in as little as 3 weeks, but most veins need 2-3 months to completely resolve. Occasionally, multiple treatments will be required for full treatment.

Dr. Weiler is the Medical Director of The Louisiana Vein Institute, and now offers comprehensive vein care at his Hammond, Baton Rouge, and Gonzales office locations. If you suffer from painful leg veins, night cramps, discoloration of your lower legs, or have chronic lower extremity wounds, insurance may pay for removal of these bothersome veins. For those patients with purely cosmetic concerns, we also offer cosmetic sclerotherapy, intense pulsed light, and laser ablation.*

What Causes Spider Reticular Veins?

Spider veins are rarely a serious health problem, but they can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs such as itching or burning. Spider veins can sometimes be a sign of blood backup deeper inside the leg and often cannot be seen under the skin. In the same respect, they can be uncomfortable and unsightly. They are exceptionally common on women’s thighs and often are a result of age and other factors. A number of factors predispose a person to spider veins.

These include:

  • Heredity
  • Occupations that involve a lot of standing, such as healthcare workers, hair stylists, teachers, and industrial workersvein
  • Excessive body weight
  • Hormonal changes
  • Birth control pills
  • Hormone replacement in postmenopausal women
  • History of blood clots
  • Sun over-exposure, which can cause spider veins on the face, cheek or nose, especially fair skinned people

What Are The Benefits Of Sclerotherapy

There are many benefits to having sclerotherapy done at Weiler Plastic Surgery. First and foremost, this is a noninvasive procedure that requires no anesthesia or local anesthetic. After the procedure there is no worries of being woozy and therefore you can drive yourself home after the treatment. In some cases unsightly veins are gone immediately or barely visible. Any leg discomfort you had prior to the treatment is relieved very quickly.

Sclerotherapy is the best option for varicose vein treatment. It is a quick, virtually painless procedure that will help reduce or eliminate varicose veins. During treatment you can expect a pinch and perhaps some pressure or slight stinging, but nothing too uncomfortable. You can also expect fast relief, with full results in just a few treatments.


Patients can return to work immediately after treatment and daily activities. Post treatment involves wearing compression hose for two weeks, but otherwise recovery is very easy.

We invite you to come into the office for a complimentary consultation to further discuss your treatment plan with us here at Weiler Plastic Surgery.