Foam Sclerotherapy

This involves the injection of a solution into the diseased veins causing them to shrink, close off and gradually disappear.

For large varicosities, ultrasound is often used to guide the injections into underlying vessels not seen on the surface of the skin. This delivers medication into a precise location safely and accurately to achieve superior long-lasting results.

Foam Sclerotherapy utilizes an injectable solution that matches the texture of shaving cream, which can more efficiently stick to the walls of larger veins causing them to collapse and eventually disappear from view.

Foam Sclerotherapy offers the following benefits over standard Sclerotherapy procedures:

How does the Procedure Work?

Foam Sclerotherapy is performed right in our Advanced Vein Clinics and the entire procedure takes just a few minutes to complete. Ultrasound is used to help the doctor locate the targeted vein and inject the foam agent directly into it. The patient may feel some mild cramping in the treatment area for a minute or two, which dissipates quickly on its own. The amount of time required for the procedure will vary, based on the number of veins to be treated.

What is the Recovery Like?

Foam sclerotherapy is considered a non-invasive procedure that requires no downtime afterward. After the procedure, the patient is fitted with compression stockings to reduce the risk of swelling and promote healing. These stockings are usually worn for one to three days after the procedure. The patient is allowed to return to regular activities immediately after the treatment, although aerobic activity is prohibited for the first week or so.

Are there Risks?

The risks associated with Foam Sclerotherapy are minimal and may include:


Single Treatment Session – $300

Up to two syringes of medicine will be injected.

Double Treatment Session – $500

More than two syringes of medicine (maximum of four) will be injected. (Double Treatment Sessions are recommended if there are a large number of veins requiring treatment and therefore not appropriate for all patients.)

Follow-up Appointment – $75

An evaluation of treatment or evacuation of a treated vein following Sclerotherapy.

Medical Grade Compression Stockings – $75

Required following sclerotherapy.

The above fees also apply to treatment with Surface Laser or Intense Pulsed Light, and are based on the number of veins or surface area to be treated.

Foam Sclerotherapy is a relatively new varicose vein treatment, so it is important to find a doctor who is experienced in the procedure. At Advanced Vein Clinics, we have used foam sclerotherapy successfully on many patients, helping them say goodbye to larger varicose veins without more invasive surgical procedures.

Advanced Vein Clinics is fluent in Spanish and Polish. Our Wood Dale vein clinic is just a short drive from Addison, Arlington Heights, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Franklin Park, Glendale Heights, Itasca, Lombard, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Northlake, Oak Brook, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Roselle, Rosemont, Schaumburg, Schiller Park and Villa Park, Illinois.

Our South Loop vein clinic is just a short drive from River North, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, Washington Park, Marquette Park, West Loop, Hyde Park, University Village, Chinatown, Brighton Park and Midway Airport.

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For more information about this and other varicose veins and venous ulcers treatments performed at our IndianaSouth Loop and Suburban Chicago Vein Clinics, call 1-800-VEIN-DOC or 630.860.0035