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Sclerotherapy is a longstanding treatment that uses injections of specialized solutions to eliminate varicose veins and spider veins.

The doctor I contacted said it was okay to have sclerotherapy if I am pregnant abut I've also heard otherwise. Help! Who should I trust?

Nelson Novick (New York, NY) on Oct 11, 2011
Sclerotherapy when used for eliminating spider veins on the legs is an excellent and effective treatment. However, it is an elective procedure, meaning that it is not medically necessary and is being performed for aesthetic reasons only and not medical. As such, I can hardly justify the use of any injectable agent that might in some, even theoretical way, affect a pregnancy. For that reason, I would suggest waiting until the pregnancy and nursing periods are over before undergoing any elective procedure.
Robert Strimling (Las Vegas, NV) on Oct 23, 2011
I would not treat you until after your pregnancy unless there was a clear medical reason to do so, which I cannot think of any off the top of my head. Plus, your veins may tend to worsen or come back quickly during your pregnancy. Wait until after pregnancy.