What is sclerotherapy?
A Tried and True Procedure
Sclerotherapy (pronounced sklair-o-THAIR-uh-pee) is a medical procedure that has been used since the 1930s6 to treat varicose and spider veins. As the standard of care, it is considered one of the safest and most effective treatments for removing unwanted leg vein.
The procedure involves injecting a solution directly into a vein, causing the treated vein to seal shut and fade from view over time. The treated blood vessel (vein) is then naturally resorbed by the body.
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure administered by your healthcare provider to treat uncomplicated spider veins and uncomplicated reticular veins. The treatment involves the injection of a solution into affected veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are very small, fine, red or blue veins that are less than 1 mm in diameter. They lie closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins and may resemble a thin red line, tree branches, or spider patterns. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face and may cover a small or large area.
What causes spider and reticular veins?
Some factors that may increase your risk of developing them:
Heredity. If other family members had varicose veins, there’s a greater chance you will too.
Age. The risk of varicose veins increases with age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins that help regulate blood flow. Eventually, this causes the valves to allow some blood to flow back into your veins where it collects instead of flowing up to your heart.
Gender. Women are more likely to develop the condition. Changes in hormones due to puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills may increase a woman’s risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the volume of blood in your body increases. This change supports the growing fetus but also can produce an unfortunate side effect—enlarged veins in your legs. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may also play a role.
Extra weight or obesity. Carrying extra weight can put additional pressure on the veins. Prolonged standing or sitting may also hinder the healthy flow of blood.
Other possible causes for varicose veins are ethnicity, posture, occupation, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, primary valvular incompetence, and incompetent perforating veins.
Tips for after your procedure
Wear compression stockings or support hose continuously for up to 3 days and 2 to 3 weeks after treatment during the daytime
Walk 15 to 20 minutes right after the procedure and every day for the next few days
Avoid heavy exercise, sunbathing, long plane flights, and hot baths or saunas for 2 to 3 days
Results at 26 Weeks After Last Treatment Asclera®
All before and after images are unretouched photos of actual patients treated with brand product. Individual results may vary depending on varicose vein severity, disease progression, skin tone, and number of treatments.
Uncomplicated Spider Veins Treatments (≤ 1 mm)
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