What is Sclerotherapy?

What is Sclerotherapy?

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Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive and effective method used for the elimination of spider veins. If has been used in one form or another for 150 years. While the idea might be over a century old, new techniques, compounds, and imaging testing make it more beneficial than ever before.

During the procedure, a solution is injected into the unsightly veins. This solution, called a sclerosant, like Asclera, triggers a reaction in the targeted vein. The superficial vein becomes irritated and inflamed. As a result of inflammation, the vein closes itself off from the circulatory system and dies. Over the course of a few weeks, the body reabsorbs the dead veins. While a needle is used to inject the sclerosant into the veins during sclerotherapy, most patients report little to no discomfort. Most sessions last around thirty minutes.

Sclerotherapy for Treating Spider Veins

As mentioned above, sclerotherapy is a widely used and safe treatment for reducing the appearance of spider veins. Spider veins are the smaller cousin of varicose veins. Just like varicose veins, spider veins are superficial veins that can be seen through the skin. They are, however, smaller and do not push the skin out, like raised varicose veins. They are most typically purple or red and are most common on the legs and thighs. Spider veins can also be found on the face with some frequency. When on the face, they are treated with laser/light therapy.

Sclerotherapy: Results and Recovery

Modern sclerotherapy has been performed for around eighty years. Over that time period, it has proven itself to be a highly effective tool in the treatment of spider veins. The results of longitudinal studies find that those who undergo sclerotherapy treatment see a 50 to 80% reduction in the appearance of spider veins. Personal data suggests the same success rate. If you are considering sclerotherapy, you should be aware that maximum results may not be noticeable for several weeks after treatment. In some cases, bruising will occur at the injection site. It is not uncommon for some patients to require multiple sclerotherapy sessions.

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