Now is the time for sclerotherapy before the heat of the summer is here! Sclerotherapy is very effective at treating both spider veins and varicose veins and helps many patients feel more comfortable wearing shorts and skirts in warmer weather. The side effects of sclerotherapy are minimal and commonly include mild bruising and temporary tenderness around the treated vein. In the treatment, the doctor will inject a medication (a sclerosant) into the vein with a small needle that will cause it to collapse and disappear before your eyes! Your body will naturally reroute blood flow into healthier veins following the treatment. There is little to no downtime although you may want to plan the treatment when you can wear long pants for a few days while the bruises dissipate.