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Sclerotherapy for Unsightly Veins

Published June 12, 2012 8:20 AM by Mina Grasso

Sclerotherapy has been around for several years. It is still the gold standard for treatment of leg veins and provides high patient satisfaction. The cosmetic benefit of sclerotherapy for unsightly veins far outweighs the discomfort of the injections.

Many of us take on the attitude of "No Pain, No Gain" with cosmetic procedures. Now, there is a more comfortable solution for varicose veins. Asclera (polidocanol) is an injectable sclerosant solution that is classified as a chemical "detergent." It is used to treat unsightly spider and uncomplicated reticular and varicose veins.  It can be used as a liquid or as foam.

When Asclera is injected into the vein, it causes irritation and inflammation of the vessel wall. The vessel then becomes fibrotic and collapses. Over time, the cells are broken down and the discoloration from these destroyed vessels fades.

Unlike other solutions used to treat leg veins, does not burn during or after injection. Polidocanol was initially developed as an anesthetic, which accounts for why it is virtually painless when injected. Polidocanol can be found in over-the-counter anti-itch preparations. As a sclerosant, polidocanol has been used in Europe for many years.

After the long-awaited FDA approval of Asclera in March 2010, I enjoy the ability to provide a more comfortable solution for my patients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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