Sclerotherapy is known as a treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. The procedure involves administering FDA approved sclerosing agent (Polidocanol) into the affected vein. This solution causes the vein to produce scarring and then collapsing. This will force the blood flow to reroute into healthy veins instead of damaged ones. The damaged vein will eventually just get absorbed again into the local tissues and over time fades away.
Sclerotherapy is commonly the preferred treatment for small varicose veins.
Varicose veins are squiggly lines that are purple or blue in color. They are caused by aging when the valves in the veins start to not work properly. As a result, blood can stay in the vein and cause it to swell up.
Spider veins are not harmful but they may cause burning, pain or aching. They appear to look like thin red lines or they will resemble a web of lines. Spider veins normally appear on your legs or feet.
- This procedure will help to improve the look of varicose veins and spider veins.
- It can also help with related symptoms including aching, night cramps and inflammation.
- Your legs will look nicer, sexier and smoother, bringing your confidence back.
- Asclera® (Polidocanol) Injection is a FDA approved prescription medicine that is used in a procedure called sclerotherapy to remove unwanted veins on your legs.
- It works by irritating the endothelium, the cells lining the inside of the vessels, causing them to constrict and close.
- It is administered only by a healthcare provider to treat varicose veins and
- Asclera® is not used for varicose veins more than 3 mm in diameter.
What causes spider and reticular veins?
Spider and reticular veins can be caused by many factors.
- Heredity. Having a family member with prominent veins may increase the risk of you
developing them. Approximately half of the people who get varicose veins have a family
history of them.
- Age. The normal wear and tear of aging may cause valves in the veins to weaken and not
work as well.
- Gender. Women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Up
to half of American women have varicose veins. Changes in hormones due to puberty,
pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills may increase a woman’s risk of
developing varicose veins.
- Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the growth of the fetus increases the pressure on the veins
in the legs. Varicose veins that occur during pregnancy usually improve within 3 to 12 months
- Overweight and obesity. Having extra weight on the body can put additional pressure on
- Prolonged standing or sitting. This is particularly true with legs bent or crossed. When
standing or sitting with legs bent or crossed, the veins have to work harder to pump the
blood up to the heart.
Other possible causes for varicose veins are race, posture, occupation, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, primary valvular incompetence, and incompetent perforating veins.