Sclerotherapy is the gold standard for effectively treating varicose and spider veins. These are often seen as red or blue blood vessel lines across the thighs or legs. Varicose and spider veins appear raised and often cause pain and discomfort, especially after standing or sitting all day.
Sclerotherapy is nearly painless and safe. The affect of sclerotherapy may last up to two years, but recurrence may happen and treatment will have to be repeated. Regular exercise and avoiding prolonged standing or sitting and wearing support hose can prevent vein and vascular conditions.
Sclerotherapy is a safe outpatient procedure requiring no recovery time or anesthesia. The procedure is performed by injection. Our Center uses Asclera to treat spider and varicose veins in the thighs or legs. Asclera is a prescription medicine used in sclerotherapy which was approved by the FDA in March 2010. The injected solution often acts as a trigger to treat the surrounding vein ‘web’ and results in the treatment of an entire area. A typical treatment may last for 15-30 minutes and consist of multiple injections. This is a safe, non-invasive treatment, which eliminates the need for a surgical procedure.
After the treatment, patients might need to wear a medical support hose to encourage proper blood flow. This will reduce bruising and help prevent certain conditions in post-operative patients. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after the procedure, but rigorous activities should be avoided for the first 24 hours.