Dr. Anthony Alfieri holds a doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He’s a board-certified cardiologist who completed residency and a fellowship to advance his knowledge of venous conditions. Today, he provides patients with treatments such as sclerotherapy out of the Delaware Advanced Vein Center in Newark, DE.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins, in particular, small and medium-sized ones. The procedure consists of the doctor inserting a tiny needle into the veins and then injecting a solution known as a sclerosant. It irritates the lining of the veins, which triggers them to collapse. Once they collapse, the body reabsorbs them. This eliminates the appearance of veins on the outside of the skin and will reduce the pain caused by veins. The potency and type of sclerosant varies based on the size and location of the veins. Ultimately, this treatment helps patients to eliminate the problem early on before the spider veins cause very unpleasant effects.

How Long Does it Take to Treat the Problem?

It may take one or several sessions to completely remove the veins. The number of injections given per session ranges from one to several as well.

What’s the Recovery Time?

There isn’t a recovery time. As soon as the patient receives the treatment, it begins to work. The patient will be able to resume life as usual after leaving the office. Pain at the injection site is very minimal to none, so it’s easy for patients to conduct all daily activities after the treatment.

What Are the Side Effects of Sclerotherapy?

The patient may react to the sclerosant. There’s a possibility of an unintentional arterial injection. Ulcers may appear on the skin after treatment. Dark spots, as well as blush spots, are possible. Superficial phlebitis, which is the inflammation of the vein, is possible. Superficial phlebitis isn’t serious and doesn’t cause any harmful side effects, and the swelling will go down within a week or so. Deep vein thrombosis is possible and so is a serious allergic reaction. Scarring is possible, but it’s rare. Overall, the side effects are minimal and not serious. The treatment is generally well tolerated by most patients.