Small, dark clusters of red, purple or blue veins, also known as spider, varicose, and reticular veins on the legs can be cosmetically unappealing and embarrassing. At Cadella, we offer Sclerotherapy which involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. The sclerotherapy solution causes the vein to scar, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed vein is reabsorbed into local tissue and eventually fades.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure done to treat uncomplicated spider veins and uncomplicated reticular veins. The treatment involves the injection of a solution into the affected veins.
Asclera® (polidocanol) Injection is a prescription medicine that is used to treat two types of veins: uncomplicated spider veins (very small varicose veins ≤ 1 mm in diameter and uncomplicated small varicose veins (1 to 3 mm in diameter) known as reticular veins.
After treatments are completed most patients notice a 70-90% improvement in the appearance of spider veins and small varicose veins. The number of treatments necessary varies per individual but range between 1-4 treatments. Treatments are generally spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Sclerotherapy is a remarkably safe and effective technique. Common side effects are usually temporary and well tolerated. These include itching, tenderness, skin bruising and swelling.
Sclerotherapy can be performed anytime of the year; however, many patients feel more comfortable wearing compression stockings during the colder months of the year. Moreover, complete healing, including the disappearance of the treated spider veins, bruising and pigmentation, may take several weeks.
Avoid tanning during the weeks leading to sclerotherapy, and do not take any NSAID medications (such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin), vitamin E, or herbal supplements that increase your chances of bruising. Don’t shave within 24 hrs of the treatment as the solution used for cleansing purposes may cause some stinging. It is also recommended that you bring shorts that you can wear during the treatment and compression stockings and gym shoes for after the treatment.