My nurse says she does not need Veinlite during my sclerotherapy appointments.

I am afraid she may not be able to see and treat the reticular veins. I seek treatment somewhere else?

Doctor Answers 8

Vein lite is excellent before sclerotherapy

Perhaps she doesn't have the machine? I would optimize options by using all available diagnostic options to see where the root veins are. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Vein light

A vein light is not needed to perform sclerotherapy. It depends on what the provider feels most comfortable with. I prefer to use a light however I have done it both ways.

Jean M Casello, MD
Northborough Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 reviews


My sclerotherapy treatment consist of using both a veinlike and a syris headlamp.  The vein lite is a little better then the syris to see reticulars and the Syris is best for magnification of the spiders.  My procedure is done in the dark with illumination from the various lights that I use.

John Landi, MD
Naples General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews


Thank you for your question.  Veins can be characterized as spider, reticular and varicose.  A skilled provider knows the difference and can determine if sclerotherapy or laser therapy is the best treatment.  A veinlite can be helpful but it is not always necessary.  The more important decision is the quantity and the solution that is used.

Donna M. Mendes, MD, FACS
New York Vascular Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Venilite and sclerotherapy

Thank you for your question.  Using the Venilite is not 100% needed for successful sclerotherapy to be performed.  It really is up to the provider and their comfort level with injecting without the aid of a light. I rarely use our Venilite as I am confident I can get good results even without it. Best of luck to you!

Alix J. Charles, MD
Hinsdale Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews


VeinLite is just a tool.  Some people like it, others do not.  I do not use anything for sclerotherapy, I have good eye sight, and anything else gets in my way.  My partner likes the VeinWave system.  More important is finding someone with good experience, who understands the different medications and concentrations that work best for different size veins, etc.Good luck to you.

Scott Powell, MD
Denton General Surgeon


Sclerotherapy should be done by the surgeon not the nurse. Do not need veinlite, Need loup magnifications and experience

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews


Although I prefer to do sclerotherapy using a veinlite (as that is the way I trained), many people do not use one.  Most of the time if a reticular vein is feeding the spider veins it can be seen or felt.  I would say the most important thing would be the experience of the person doing the injections.  Using a veinlite cannot compensate for lack of experience so that is what you need to be concerned about before starting sclerotherapy treatment.

Lisa Perez, MD
Atlanta Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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