Spider veins are small superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue from beneath the skin. They are most commonly found on the legs but can be found on other parts of the body, as well.
Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment for spider veins in which a chemical irritant is injected into the vein to harden it. The chemical irritates the vein's lining, causing it to swell and the blood to clot. The vein then turns into scar tissue that fades from view, while blood flow shifts to nearby healthy blood vessels.
Sclerothapy has an 80-90% improvement rate in most patients. Multiple treatments are necessary to treat spider veins effectively.
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