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Spider Vein Treatments
Key Points:
  • This procedure must be performed by a doctor, nurse, or physician assistant
  • Discuss your medical history
  • Make sure you are in a clean and safe environment

What is it?
Spider veins are swollen, twisted veins which can appear on the legs or face. Sclerotherapy, also known as spider vein treatment, involves the injection of a solution into each affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade.

Who can perform it?
Because sclerotherapy is a medical treatment, prior to your initial treatment the medical spa should conduct an in-person exam. Sclerotherapy is most typically performed by a doctor, a physician assistant (PA), or an advanced registered nurse referred to as nurse practitioner (NP), although trained registered nurses may also perform the procedure with oversight and supervision by a doctor.

If the sclerotherapy candidate has the following contraindications, he/she should not receive the procedure: pregnancy, thrombophlebitis, pulmonary emboli, hypercoagulable states, and/or allergy to the sclerosing agents. Make sure to discuss any of these conditions with your provider.

As with any injection, ensure that your provider is using safe injection practices to protect you from infection. Needles, syringes, and even medication vials should not be used on multiple patients. Ensure they are using new needles and syringes by asking them to open the packages in front of you.


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