Q: I want to inject some minor veins/spiders, they are branches of a great sph. vein that is now closed; but doctor won’t inject ANY veins before closing sph. vein on the calf first,but I prefer not to touch it as it’s not symptomatic. Any 2nd opinions?
A: You certainly can have spider vein injections without closing your saphenous vein, even if it is leaking. We treat many patients with spider veins this way, and in the absence of varicose (bulging) veins, the treatment works well as an initial therapy for cosmetic improvement. However, varicose veins should not be treated with sclerotherapy as they will leave you with hardened lumps that can take months to resolve.