Thank you for your question and picture. It does appear by your picture that sclerotherapy would be the best treatment to address your spider vein. Medication will be injected in the vein to cause it to disappear over time. Best of luck to you!
I have a vein on my thigh, approximately 3/4" long. Is scelerotherapy the best option for removing it? (photos)
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Vein on thigh, is sclerotherapy the best option?
The posted picture shows a spider vein with possibly a feeding reticular vein. The best treatment for this is sclerotherapy.
Spider vein of thigh
Sclerotherapy would be the best option for treatment of that vein. I agree that if there are numerous other areas with spider veins, then an ultrasound would be indicated to see if there is an underlying issue. If that is the only spider vein, then sclerotherapy should take care of it in one or two treatments.
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if this is the only vein. I think sclerotherapy would do a nice job. I am would only say that if there are multiple abnormal veins in the legs I would recommend a venous ultrasound the confirm there isn't a causal venous reflux.
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