Sclerotherapy is a technique used to treat unwanted leg veins. Solutions of either Asclera (sotradechol), glycerine or concen-trated saline are used to irritate injected vessels to cause them to collapse. The treatment is safe and effective, usually requiring 2-3 treatments at 6-8 week intervals for clearing.
Asclera® is a prescription medicine used in a procedure called 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
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the injection of a solution into the affected veins.
How Does Asclera Work?
Asclera is a sclerosing agent that is injected into the vein. It works by damaging the endothelium, the cells lining inside of blood vessels. This causes blood platelets to attach to the lining of the vessels; eventually, the cellular debris and platelets cause the blood vessel to clot. Over time, the clotted vein will be replaced with tissue.
What are varicose veins?
Varicose veins are large blue, dark purple veins. They protrude from the skin and many times they have a cord-like appearance and may twist or bulge. Varicose veins are found most frequently on the legs.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins are very small and very fine red or blue veins. They are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like a thin red line, tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face and may cover a small or large area.
What are reticular veins?
Reticular veins can also be known as feeder veins. They are the blue and green veins beneath the surface of the skin.
Reticular veins enlarge because of increased pressure in the vein. They can be caused by heredity. You may have reticular veins alone but you may also have spider veins at the same time.
What causes spider and reticular veins?
Spider and reticular veins can be caused by many factors.
Other possible causes for varicose veins are race, posture, occupation, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, primary valvular incompetence, and incompetent perforating veins.
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. Following treatment compression stockings or support hose should be worn continuously for 2-3 days and for 2-3 weeks during the day time.
Are there any possible side effects to Asclera treatments?
Yes, they may include:
You should tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, including:
You should not be treated with Asclera® if you:
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For two to three days following the treatment, avoid (if you are uncertain, please ask your healthcare provider):
- Heavy exercise
- Long plane flights
- Hot bath or sauna