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Sclerotherapy vs. Laser Vein Removal | Vein Treatments in Southlake

About half of all adults in the United States suffer from spider veins, varicose veins, and other vein problems. Fortunately, advanced cosmetic technologies provide several non-invasive treatment options (like sclerotherapy and laser vein removal) to treat these problems. So, if you have vein problems, you now have a number of options for treating them. But what vein treatment is right for you?

Finding the right vein treatment mostly depends on the nature of the vein problem you hope to treat. Spider veins are those tiny red or blue squiggly lines that can appear on your lower legs, ankles or face, and a treatment that works wonders for spider veins may not be as useful for reducing the bulging, twisted varicose veins on the back of your leg.

Sclerotherapy vs. Laser Vein Removal

Sclerotherapy and laser vein removal work using the same principle. Both irritate diseased veins so that the blood vessels seal shut. This doesn’t have any detrimental effects on your cardiovascular system, since the circulatory system just routes blood through other veins. Closed veins break apart after some time, and the surrounding tissue absorbs what remains of the vein. On the surface of the skin, the vein fades from view until it disappears.

The difference between these treatments is the method they use to close diseased veins. In sclerotherapy a chemical agent, known as a sclerosant, is injected into the diseased vein to cause it to collapse. In laser vein removal, light beams heat and irritate the diseased vein and cause it to close.

How Laser Vein Removal Works

Santé Medical Spa uses the most advanced laser system for vein removal on the market: the Candela laser system. During a laser vein treatment, the laser harmlessly passes through the skin and targets the vein. The laser submits the vein to thermal energy, which safely heats the blood within the vein to the point of coagulation. Coagulation causes the vein to collapse and seal off. The coagulated blood is then collected and absorbed by the body. After several weeks, the vein gradually fades and disappears, creating a long-term solution for unsightly veins.ⁱ*

How Sclerotherapy Works

During a sclerotherapy treatment, a safe, FDA cleared solution is injected into the targeted vein. The solution collapses the walls of the vein and causes them to clump together, causing the blood to clot. Without blood, the varicose vein slowly disintegrates and fades from view.²

Vein Treatments in Southlake, TX

Santé Medical Aesthetics is the premier provider of laser vein removal and sclerotherapy in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Learn more about non-invasive vein treatments, look at before and after images, and get answers to your frequently asked questions.

Commonalities Between The Two

Both laser vein removal and sclerotherapy close the vein and force clotting and disintegration. Each treatment has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Based on the individual needs of the patient and the targeted vein, the correct method for each client can be determined.

During a complimentary consultation with Santé Medical Aesthetics, a vein removal specialist will assess whether laser vein removal, sclerotherapy, or both in tandem will provide the ideal treatment plan for your veins. You’ll also find out more about sclerotherapy cost, sclerotherapy side effects and any other concerns that you might have regarding your treatment.


Sclerotherapy is typically the superior choice if the target veins are superficial spider veins, since the procedure tends to be faster and more effective on tiny veins that lie close to the skin’s surface. You might also prefer sclerotherapy if you are pain-averse, since patients sometimes find sclerotherapy injections are more comfortable than laser treatments. Sclerotherapy is often the better choice for darker skin tones, as some lasers work on wavelengths that can cause discoloration in darker or tanned skin.


Laser vein therapy is frequently the preferred option if you are targeting veins on your face, if you have a fear of needles, or if you are allergic to the sclerosant chemical. You might also prefer laser therapy if you are targeting patches of tiny blood vessels. Some blood vessels are simply too small for an injection to work, which makes laser vein removal the only option.

Customized Vein Treatments

In general, sclerotherapy is most commonly used for small varicose veins. Spider veins, which are smaller and have visible branches, are treated with laser therapy. Many patients have both varicose and spider veins, and would benefit from both treatments, even if not on the same visit. Smaller varicose veins can be eliminated with either method. During an examination, your vein doctor will advise which treatment to pursue.

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Vein Treatments Near Me

The best way to determine whether laser vein removal or sclerotherapy is a good solution for you is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Santé Medical Aesthetics. We have experts that are trained in identifying and treating vein diseases, and they would be delighted to meet with you and discuss a treatment plan that will be right for your goals and budgets.

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