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Sclerotherapy

Asclera (polidocanol) is then injected medication used in sclerotherapy, the procedure to remove unwanted spider veins and telangiectasias.  This medication is a sclerosing agent; it works by increasing the formation of blood clots and scar tissue inside the veins.  This helps to decrease the dilation of enlarged superficial veins on the legs making them less visible.  In many cases, the veins become scarred and completely reabsorbed by the body.

The medication is administered through tiny needles directly into the veins themselves.  The number of injections depends on the number of veins being treated.  Distraction devices are used to diminish the discomfort felt during treatment.  After injection, a compression dressing will be applied to enhance the result.  A series of treatments are often necessary for optimal results.

Tip 1:  This treatment is best done in the wintertime when the skin is the palest and the veins are easiest to see!

Results

Results from this treatment develop over the first 3 months after treatment.  A series of treatments is often required and should be spaced about 4 to 6 weeks apart.  We ask our patients to return for a follow-up appointment 6 weeks after each treatment.

Side Effects & Recovery

There are very few side effects with sclerotherapy and recovery is very quick.  Bruising is the most likely side effect and generally resolves in 1 to 2 weeks.  Strenuous exercise within the first week will diminish the result; it is best to avoid strenuous activity for 1 week.  Wearing medical compression socks or medical compression tights after treatment for 1 week will dramatically improve the results!

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