About Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider Veins
Spider veins - known in the medical world as telangiectasias - are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface
of the skin. Although these super-fine veins are connected with the larger venous system, they are not an
essential part of it. Spider veins usually take on one of three basic patterns. They may appear in a true spider
shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point; they may resemble tiny branch-like
shapes; or they may appear as thin separate lines. A number of factors contribute to the development of
spider veins, including heredity, pregnancy and other events that cause hormonal shifts, weight gain,
occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, and the use of certain medications.

Spider veins are more common in women than men. Men and women of any age may be good candidates for
Sclerotherapy treatments, but most fall in the 30-to-60 category. Spider veins may become noticeable very
early on - in the teen years. For others, the veins may not become obvious until they reach their 40s.

Sclerotherapy is the method for eliminating superficial telangiectasias (spider veins) by the injection of a
sclerosing agent into the veins. The majority of most patients will have a significant clearing of the veins.
However, there can be no guarantee that it will be effective in every case

Asclera® is a sclerosing agent that is injected into the vein. It works by damaging the inner wall of the vein,
and eventually causing the vein to collapse on itself.  Over time, the damaged vein is replaced with tissue.  
Individual results may vary, and many patients will require multiple injection sessions for complete treatment
success.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you may be advised to postpone Sclerotherapy treatment. In most cases,
spider veins that surface during pregnancy will disappear on their own within three months after the baby is
born. Also, because it's not known how sclerosing solutions may affect breast milk, nursing mothers are
usually advised to wait until after they have stopped breastfeeding.

Compression Stockings are used with the Sclerotherapy procedure in order to produce better results. We use
Sigvaris stockings with 30-40 compression. These can also be worn to help prevent or slow the progression of
vein conditions later in life.

Sclerotherapy treatments are usually considered cosmetic and are not covered by insurance companies.  

Risks associated with Sclerotherapy may include: Pain, burning, blister formation, and stinging sensation at
the treatment site; infection, scar formation and pigment (color) changes at the treatment site; hyper
pigmentation (increase in skin color or darkening), poor cosmetic outcome, reoccurrence of vessels at the
treated site, allergic reaction, superficial clot formation, bleeding, matting, bruising, ulcer formation and or
temporary phlebitis at the treatment site.

Recommendations for Better Legs

  • Regular Exercise
    Walking, running, stairmaster, aerobics, swimming, elliptical machine, or biking for 30 minutes, 5-7 days
    per week will help reduce aching, pain and tiredness in your legs.

  • Elevate Your Legs
    Elevating your legs above heart level for at least 10 minutes once or twice daily may diminish aching
    and swelling.

  • Move Your Legs More Frequently
    Flexing your ankles 10 times will pump the blood out of your legs like walking does.  Repeat this every
    10 minutes while standing or sitting and try to walk for at least 2 minutes every half hour.

  • Avoid Wearing High Heels
    Wearing high heels interferes with the normal pumping action that occurs when you walk and may lead
    to aching and cramping of the legs.

  • Maintain a Proper Weight
    Even moderate weight loss may reduce aching in the legs due to varicose veins and diminish the rate at
    which spider veins develop.

  • Wear Support Hose
    Support hose is available at pharmacies and medical supply stores.  There are many brands to choose
    from.  Lighter support stockings are available at department stores.  However, it is best to wear a
    stocking that is labeled "graduated" as this will really help to improve your vein function.

                                                               Light support: 4-14 mm

                                                           Moderate support: 15-20 mm

                                                              Heavy support: 20-30 mm

                                                 Prescription strength: 30-40 mm or above
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