Sclerotherapy 2017-09-27T02:43:01+00:00

SCLEROTHERAPY

SCLEROTHERAPY

WE USE ASCLERA® FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS

Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure that treats and reduces the appearance of spider veins, which most often appear on thighs, calves, and ankles.

Your dermatologist will inject a sclerosing solution into the spider veins. The targeted veins immediately start to shrink, dissolve, and fade from view as the body naturally re-absorbs the treated veins. This procedure may also remedy the aching, burning, and swelling associated with spider veins.

WHAT IS ASCLERA®?

Asclera® (polidocanol) Injection is a prescription medicine we use as a sclerosing solution during sclerotherapy to treat two types of veins:

  • Uncomplicated spider veins (very small varicose veins ≤ 1 mm in diameter)
  • Uncomplicated small varicose veins (1 to 3 mm in diameter) known as reticular veins

HOW DOES ASCLERA® WORK?

Asclera® is injected into the vein. It works by damaging the endothelium, the cells lining the inside of blood vessels. This causes blood platelets to attach to the lining of the vessels. Eventually, cellular debris and platelets cause the blood vessel to clot. Over time, the clotted vein will be replaced with tissue.

PATIENT SATISFACTION

On average, 86% of patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their Asclera® treatment. Patients were significantly more satisfied with Asclera® than with either sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS) or placebo (p<0.0001).

WHAT SHOULD YOU AVOID AFTER RECEIVING AN ASCLERA® INJECTION?

For two to three days following the treatment, avoid:

  • Heavy exercise
  • Sunbathing
  • Long plane flights
  • Hot baths or saunas

If you are uncertain about an activity, ask your specialist.

HOW LONG IS EACH ASCLERA® SESSION?

A typical sclerotherapy session lasts 15 to 45 minutes. One injection is usually administered per inch with multiple injections per session.

WHAT ABOUT POST-TREATMENT CARE?

Two to three days following treatment you should wear compression stockings or support hose continuously. Then wear them during the day for the next two to three weeks.

ARE THERE ANY POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS TO ASCLERA® TREATMENTS?

Yes, although they are rare. The FDA provides the following information:

  • Severe allergic reactions have been reported following polidocanol use, including anaphylactic reactions, some of them fatal. Severe reactions are most frequent with use of larger volumes (> 3 mL). The dose of polidocanol should therefore be minimized.
  • In rare cases, small “burns” or ulcers may form, usually due to leakage of Asclera® into the skin. They heal in time, but may leave a scar.
  • Inadvertent perivascular injection of Asclera® can cause pain. If pain is severe, a local anesthetic (without adrenaline) may be injected.

You should tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, including:

  • Prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins and herbal products

You should not be treated with Asclera® if you:

  • Have a known allergy to polidocanol
  • Have an acute vein or blood clotting (thromboembolic) disease
  • Are pregnant or nursing

Uncomplicated reticular veins treatment* 1 to 3 mm
*Individual results may vary depending on varicose vein severity, disease progression, skin tone, and number of treatments

For spider vein and small varicose vein removal in the Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville area, call us at 901.624.3333 to schedule your Sclerotherapy procedure today!

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