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Is Sclerotherapy Best for You? MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Treatment for spider veins help reduce the unsightly clusters of blue, purple, or red veins that are commonly found on calves, thighs, and ankles. Although half of women seem to have spider veins, there are effective, safe, and relatively painless methods to get rid of them. Although men can get spider veins they are often concealed by hair on the leg. Therefore, women have turned to spider vein treatments to improve the look of their legs. One popular method is varicose vein treatment Houston due to its great results.

Sclerotherapy requires no anesthesia and is often performed in an outpatient hospital setting. A minimal of two sessions that last less than an hour each are required for optimal results. The difference between sclerothearpy and another spider vein treatment option, AFT laser treatment, is that sclerotherapy uses needles to inject a solution into the vein to make it collapse. Generally speaking, one injection is needed per every inch of spider veins that are treated. Some plastic surgeons recommend using a combination of AFT laser treatment and sclerotherapy for an individual.

Sclerotherapy is not a spider vein treatment to be done on those with a fear of needles since multiple injections may be necessary. However, cosmetic surgeons do their best to make patients as comfortable as possible during this procedure. Compression tape and a cotton ball are placed on each injection site after it is finished. Results can gradually be seen a few weeks after each treatment and treatments are typically spaced four weeks apart.

During your consultation, you can ask to see before and after pictures of previous patients that have had sclerotherapy to learn what kind of results you can expect to see. It is also advised at this time to ask about the risks involved with the surgery and what their price is for each treatment.


The expertise of the Houston cosmetic surgeons at MD Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is accentuated by their concern for their patients and their drive to give them the best experience during their spider vein treatments. They provide cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, such as laser hair removal, tummy tuck, and Houston breast augmentation.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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