What is sclerotherapy? Can it be used as an alternative to surgery?

Sclerotherapy refers to the injection of dilated veins and spider blemishes with medication specifically formulated to cause their disappearance without doing harm to normal healthy veins, the skin or other tissues.  Only the finest and highest quality needles are used and strict asepsis is observed, with everything appropriately discarded immediately after use.  Sclerotherapy however, is not an alternative to surgery.  If you read or are told otherwise, ask questions, be critical and by all means, get another opinion from a qualified specialist.  Be wary of high tech sounding terms such as "echosclerotherapy and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy."  These are not sophisticated techniques known only to a privileged few, nor are they legitimate alternative treatments when surgical intervention is indicated.

Many cosmetic dermatologists and plastic surgeons and other trained medical doctors treat patients with varicose veins and spider veins as part of their overall practice in which they provide the highest quality care to their patients.  But they always refer patients they know they cannot help to qualified associates.