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Sclerotherapy is a cosmetic procedure designed to treat spider veins, a common aesthetic problem typically affecting women between the ages of 30-70. Spider veins are thin clusters of purple or red-colored veins situated near the surface of the skin and most commonly appear on the legs.

If left untreated, spider veins can become more than just a cosmetic concern. They can cause significant discomfort and pain for affected individuals. Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Dan Shell specializes in spider vein treatment.

Who Is the Right Candidate for Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a highly effective procedure for patients who wish to reduce the appearance of spider veins. You may be a potential candidate if:

  • You are self-conscious about your spider veins
  • You do not have a history of thrombophlebitis (blood clots)

Sclerotherapy may not be an appropriate treatment for everyone. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will be able to determine if you are a vein treatment candidate based on your examination, medical history, and cosmetic goals.

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Before and After Sclerotherapy


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with sclerotherapy:

What happens during sclerotherapy?

During your procedure, Dr. Shell will hold the affected area taut and inject a solution into the problematic veins. The number of veins treated during your session will depend on the location and size of your veins, as well as your overall health.

What should I expect during recovery?

Immediately following your procedure, compression tape and cotton balls will be applied to protect the treated area and minimize swelling. You will also need to wear tight-fitting support hose for three days for additional support. You may experience temporary cramping for the first day or two, but this is usually temporary. The appearance of redness and bruising will gradually lessen over the course of a few weeks. Scar tissue will begin to fade within two to four weeks and improved results should be visible.

Are the results permanent?

The results of sclerotherapy will be long-lasting, but not necessarily permanent. After you have completed the recommended number of sclerotherapy sessions, there is the chance that new spider veins will develop. Dr. Shell may recommend touch-up treatments every one to two years.

Will I need more than one treatment?

More than one treatment session of sclerotherapy is typically needed to achieve optimal results. The number of treatments varies among patients, but most require at least three to four treatment sessions. Additional treatments should be spaced at least six weeks apart.

Why should I choose Dr. Shell for sclerotherapy?

During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. He uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Dr. Dan Shell is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Northern Mississippi. If you’re considering sclerotherapy, he would be happy to sit down with you and explain the process in detail. His practice serves Northern Mississippi and the surrounding areas of Memphis and Germantown. Contact our Oxford, MS Plastic Surgery office by calling 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation today.

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