Sclerotherapy is a method for treating spider veins and small varicose veins. An FDA approved medicine called Asclera™ or polidocanol is injected into the vein using a fine needle. The vein becomes irritated from the solution and collapse for absorption by the body. Hypertonic saline is not used in our clinic due to the higher risks of complications.
How is Sclerotherapy done?
Whаt аrе thе ѕіdе еffесtѕ of Sclerotherapy?
It’s important to have even cosmetic sclerotherapy done by a qualified, board-certified physician in vascular medicine. Although long-lasting side effects are uncommon, the proper technique involves several principles to ensure favorable responses. Spider veins can recur if underlying venous insufficiency is not properly addressed beforehand.
Sclerotherapy is the preferred method of treatment for cosmetic spider veins. Many patients will see significant improvement after the initial injection within 6-8 weeks. However, most patients will need 2 or 3 treatment sessions for optimal results. The key is to find the right balance of medication for each individual.
During your consultation, we will evaluate your individual condition, as well as personal preferences to determine which method of Sclerotherapy is best for you.
Compression stockings have been associated with improved outcomes and faster healing. Usual activities can be continued.
At the Princeton Vascular Center we use polidocanol forms for sclerotherapy. In comparison to hypertonic saline, sotradechol (STS) and glycerin, Polidocanol has an improved safety profile. Polidocanol has been shown to have fewer incidences of hyperpigmentation, skin ulceration and matting in comparison to other forms of sclerotherapy.