Getting rid of unsightly leg veins with sclerotherapy.


Various chemical substances are utilized in injection treatment of veins. Common among these are sodium tetradecyl sulfate, hypertonic saline and polidocanol. There is little or mild discomfort at the injection site. A pressure dressing or graduated support stocking may be applied to the area following injection, so that the veins will remain empty of blood for a short period.


Spider veins can be aesthetically unattractive and embarrassing. Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small red and purple veins in the skin that have a spider web-like appearance. Spider veins are different from varicose veins which are larger veins, located more deeply, that may appear as bumps or lumpy protrusions under the skin, with or without a bluish coloration. These veins occur when one-way valves don’t work properly, and it is important to see a vascular surgeon for this condition.

Sclerotherapy is the most common and effective treatment of spider veins on the legs. Dr. Hubbell injects an advanced approved medical grade liquid into the vein which causes the vein walls to microscopically swell, stick together, seal shut, and fade within a few weeks. This treatment does not require anesthesia, can be done in Hubbell Dermatology and Aesthetics office and has little to no downtime. On average, two treatments are needed to remove spider veins in the legs.

Most of the objectionable veins can be obliterated. Because the veins of the lower extremities are under high pressure, there is a tendency for the development of new spider veins. Depending on genetics, lifestyle and health status, an individual may need to return to our office for rechecks and minor additional treatments every year or two.

Sclerotherapy is an affordable, effective and safe method of treating these unwanted veins. In some cases, leg veins can also be eliminated with the use of a Laser Vein Therapy.