Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
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Sclerotherapy is often done for:
- Cosmetic purposes — to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins
The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as:
- Night cramps
If you're pregnant, doctors recommend waiting until after your delivery to have sclerotherapy done.
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