What is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is the injection of a prescription medicine into a vein, causing it to collapse, scar and fade. Over time, the body naturally resorbs the treated vein. Sclerotherapy is the primary procedure to remove unwanted veins on the legs.

The types of veins commonly treated include uncomplicated spider veins (very small, flat red vessels ≤ 1 mm in diameter) and uncomplicated small varicose veins (small blue vessels 1 to 3 mm in diameter) known as reticular veins. Large varicose veins do not respond as well as small varicose veins to sclerotherapy. Treatment of spider veins and reticular veins with sclerotherapy may greatly improve their appearance and may also improve the associated symptoms of pain.

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Why do we recommend using Asclera (Polidocanol) for treatment of veins?

Asclera (polidocanol) is a sclerosing agent that works by damaging the endothelium, the inside lining of blood vessels, causing the blood vessels to clot as the platelets and cellular debris attach to the lining of the vessels. Over time, the clotted vein will be replaced with other types of tissue. Advantages of polidocanol include excellent local tolerance with low risk of toxicity, low risk of allergic reaction, and its anesthetic effect (less pain and discomfort). Potential adverse reactions include hematoma (or bruising), irritation, discoloration, pain, itching, warmth and clotting at the injection site.