UNM Department of Surgery

Department of Surgery
Vascular Surgery Division

UNM School of Medicine
MSC 10 5610
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-5850

Vascular Surgery


What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive treatment that helps remove spider veins, reticular veins and small varicose veins. This vein treatment option is safe and relatively pain-free. With sclerotherapy, a sterile chemical known as “sclerant” is injected into your diseased vein causing it to inflame, harden and eventually be reabsorbed into the body. The body automatically re-routes blood circulation to healthy veins located deeper in the body to compensate for the loss of the diseased vein. This helps significantly reduce pain and discomfort sometimes associated with these problem veins:

  • Varicose Veins: These are thickened veins that often appear twisted and rope-like, causing pain and discomfort.
  • Reticular Veins: These veins are also known as “blue veins” or “feeder veins”, are bluish-greenish in color and found behind the knee. They can also feed into spider veins.
  • Spider Veins: These are thin, bluish-reddish spiderlike networks of veins that appear on the surface of the skin, usually on the legs, but sometimes on the face and pelvis also.

Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that requires no anesthesia and can be performed in your doctor’s office at UNM Vein & Cosmetic Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Getting Sclerotherapy At UNM Vein & Cosmetic Center

When you get sclerotherapy at UNM Vein & Cosmetic Center, you can expect the procedure to last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how many spider veins and other veins need to be treated in a session. Our board-certified vascular surgeons sterilize the injection before beginning and have you lay comfortably with your legs slightly elevated. The doctor will then inject a chemical or a mix of chemicals into the vein using a very small needle. If you find the procedure unbearable at any time, please inform your doctor as this may be an indication of a greater problem.

Spider Vein Removal Services

If you suffer from spider veins, reticular veins or small varicose veins and you are looking for treatment options to remove them, visit UNM Vein & Cosmetic Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We specialize in treating venous diseases and can help you with your condition. We offer free vein screenings for varicose and spider veins, where we analyze your vein health and discuss treatment options that may be right for you, including sclerotherapy. Contact us today to schedule your screening.