How Long Does Sclerotherapy Take?

Are you unhappy with the appearance of the bulging veins on your legs?  Sclerotherapy may be the ideal treatment for you.  Sclerotherapy is a simple, non-surgical treatment that can remove unsightly veins, and leave your legs looking healthier and more attractive.  But how long does Sclerotherapy take? 

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that safely removes spider veins and varicose veins on the legs.  It involves injecting a chemical solution called a sclerosant directly into the affected vein.  The solution irritates the lining of the vein causing it to collapse and seal shut.  The treated vein will shrink and turn into scar tissue over the following weeks, and eventually fade from view.

How Long Does Sclerotherapy Take?

Depending on the size of the veins being treated sclerotherapy can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes.   The number of sclerotherapy treatments needed will vary based on the severity of the veins and the specific goals of the patient.  Some patients only need one session to achieve their desired outcome, while others may have to undergo multiple sessions. 

What To Expect After Treatment?

The legs often look worse immediately after treatment, because there is trapped blood in the veins.  However, this usually clears after a few months when the treated vein fades.

There is no downtime after sclerotherapy so patients can usually return to normal activities the same day.   There may be some side-effects such as itching, bruising, and irritation after sclerotherapy, but these do not normally prevent patients from engaging in regular activities.   A compression garment is usually worn for up to 2 weeks after treatment to help with healing.

Would you like to learn more about sclerotherapy?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Kansas City, Leawood, or Overland Park, KS, areas, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is our featured practice.

You can reach them at or by calling (913) 303-8357.

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