|What is sclerotherapy?
This is a technique to remove the small purple lines that occur on the legs over time.How is this done?
A tiny needle is threaded into the blood vessel and a small amount of a sclerosing agent is gently injected. This may sting for 20-30 seconds or cause a slight cramp. The injection “flushes” out the red blood cells temporarily, leading to an inflammatory reaction. This reaction causes “sclerosis”, or the formation of fibrous tissue within the vessel, leading to the gradual disappearance of the vessel. This fading can take from a few weeks to a few months. Most areas will require between three to five treatments to fade. We offer Asclera® (polidocanol) and hypertonic saline treatments.
Who performs the treatment?
How long will each treatment last?
Is laser a better option?
What do vein specialists offer?
What are the potential side effects from sclerotherapy?
What patients should not have sclerotherapy due to increased risks?
How do I prepare for my sclerotherapy appointment?
What can I expect at my appointment?
What can I expect after the treatment?
What are my post op instructions?
Avoid heat, prolonged sitting or standing, or strenuous exercise for the first 48 hours. Elevation of the leg while sitting is recommended. After the initial 48 hours, patients are encouraged to walk, but no aerobic exercise for one week.
Ice packs and Tylenol help to alleviate any possible discomfort. Gentle massaging and walking help alleviate muscle cramps.
Remove bandages as soon as they feel loose or uncomfortable, and replace immediately with support hose.
How often should I consider sclerotherapy?
Will maintenance treatments be necessary?
A less painful method for removal of spider veins on the legs.
Sclerotherapy is an injection technique to remove the small purple lines that occur on the legs over time. Asclera® (polidocanol) is an alternative to hypertonic saline with less pain upon injection. Asclera® (polidocanol) Injection is indicated to sclerose uncomplicated spider veins (varicose veins, ≤ 1 mm in diameter) and uncomplicated reticular veins (varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in diameter) in the legs.
Compression hose after treatment is strongly recommended for best results. Schedule your sclerotherapy during the cooler months!!Learn more about ND:Yag laser treatments for vessels unresponsive to Sclerotherapy.