Spider veins are small superficial veins close to the surface of the skin. They are most common in women, especially pregnant women. Spider veins are considered a cosmetic skin condition and are usually not serious.
Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting a foam or liquid solution into the vein consisting of salt water, and other medicinal ingredients such as glycerin. The veins then form scar tissue and force the blood supply to find healthier veins.
Though there are some minor risks and side-effects involved, it is a relatively safe procedure. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the procedure.
If you are experiencing physical or emotional discomfort from spider or varicose veins, there are lifestyle changes and medical procedures to alleviate unsightly and painful symptoms. Consult with a dermatologist to treat these unwanted veins.