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Sclerotherapy is a treatment where spider veins or varicose veins are treated with a solution which causes them to collapse and fade from view. Sclerosants are medications used to perform sclerotherapy. Even though sclerotherapy is a time tested technique, having been around since the late 1600′s, new advances in medication types and delivery techniques have improved the efficacy, safety, and comfort associated with the technique.
Many people may recall their mothers getting “leg injections” which were often painful, required elastic wrapping and delivered marginal results. In most cases, these were injections of hypertonic saline, a highly concentrated saltwater solution. Though many South Florida sclerotherapy providers still use concentrated saline due to its low cost, most physicians agree that treatment with newer, targeted medications is much more desirable.
Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery uses only the most state of the art, FDA-approved medications, Asclera. Although medications prepared in compounding pharmacies cost less and can be perfectly safe, we prefer the quality control and reliable results provided with FDA-approved manufacturers. It allows us to plan safe and effective treatment for our patients and makes us comfortable that we are delivering the best care possible. Newer agents for sclerotherapy cause less burning and irritation and, in our experience, have lower incidence of side effects like skin staining.
During treatment you will see veins initially become invisible as the medication occupies the vein. Feeder veins are injected in preparation for treating dark red, blue, and purple spider veins. During the first couple of weeks the injected vessels may subsequently darken and appear bruised before they begin breaking down. After a couple more weeks, the appearance begins to improve with good improvement by 4 weeks and additional, ongoing improvement for several months as the treated vein collapses and is absorbed by the body.