Sclerotherapy was originally devised to treat the legs, but it can also be used on veins in the chest, arms, back and even on the face.
Sclerotherapy involves repeated injections of a proprietary solution into the veins. The solution irritates the lining of the blood vessel, causing it to swell and stick together. Over time, what remains of the vein is absorbed into the body.
Satisfactory results are seen with a few treatments in some cases, to several treatments in others. How many treatments you need depends on the severity of the condition. Within a few weeks after commencement of treatment, the veins begin to disappear. Full results may take up to several months, however.
During the transition time, there may be reddish blotches or patches of pigmentation or discoloration. Complications are rare. Most of the discoloration will disappear within 12 months following the procedure.