February 15, 2024

Who Makes Good Sclerotherapy Candidates?

There are many treatment options out there for varicose veins, many of which are highly effective at eliminating the pain and discomfort associated with these large and swollen veins. Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment that is highly effective in treating both varicose veins and spider veins.  

What Is Sclerotherapy Treatment?

Sclerotherapy is anon-surgical, minimally-invasive treatment that only requires a small injection into the affected vein. The vein specialist injects a special form of medicine into the blood vessels, causing them to be eliminated from the body. The solution, known as sclerosant, irritates the blood vessel and causes it to swell. When the vein swells, it cuts off blood flow, rerouting the blood to another, healthier vein. The absence of blood in the vein causes it to shrink. Because the vein is no longer being used to pump blood, it is eventually absorbed by the body.

Who Are Good Candidates for Sclerotherapy Laser Treatment?

During a consultation here at BASS Vein Center, one of our vein specialists will perform an exam and ask questions about your medical history. They will use this information to determine if sclerotherapy is the right treatment option for you.

Here are some of the factors that make a patient a good candidate for sclerotherapy.

  • The patient has realistic expectations about the results
  • They have not been pregnant or breastfeeding within the past three months
  • They can follow pre- and post-treatment instructions accurately
  • They are between the ages of 30 and 60
  • They understand that sclerotherapy will not prevent the formation of new varicose veins


A patient may not be a good candidate for sclerotherapy treatment if any of the following applies to them.v

  • The patient is bedridden
  • They have a history of blood clots or clotting issues that require regular evaluation
  • They want vessels treated that could be used for bypass procedures in the future

Should I Have Varicose Veins Sclerotherapy Treatment?

If pain and discomfort caused by varicose veins affects your everyday life, you should consider sclerotherapy treatment. If you have concerns about the process, making an appointment with a vein specialist can answer many of your questions. At BASS Vein Center, we have several qualified vein specialists who are experts at performing sclerotherapy procedures. During your appointment, they can determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment and answer any questions you may have about the process. Speaking with a professional about the process can help put your mind at ease as you learn more about this standard procedure.

Are There Risks Involved with Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is considered a safe treatment option for varicose veins. It is less invasive and less risky than surgery and does not require the use of anesthesia. Because sclerotherapy does involve an injection, adverse side effects sometimes occur. The most common side effects are pain, bruising, or redness near the injection site. Less frequent reactions to sclerotherapy include allergic reactions to the injected solution, skin color changes, and burning in the vein. While it is rare, there is a chance that a blood clot could form in the treated vein. That is why patients who have had blood clots in the past are typically not the best candidates for sclerotherapy.

Find Sclerotherapy Treatment Near Me

If you would like to learn more about sclerotherapy and find out if you are a good candidate for treatment, get in touch with the vein specialists at BASS Vein Center for more details. We can help diagnose and treat your varicose veins so that you may begin living life pain-free once again. Give us a call today at (925) 281-5912 to find out more.

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