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|Vein Therapy - Sclerotherapy|
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure done by Dr. Brownell to treat uncomplicated spider veins and uncomplicated reticular veins. The treatment involves the injection of a solution called Asclera into the affected veins. Asclera works best in the legs.What are spider veins?
Spider veins are very small and very fine red or blue veins. They are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They can look like a thin red line, tree branches or spider webs. Spider veins can be found on the legs and face and may cover a small or large area.What are reticular veins?
Reticular veins can also be known as feeder veins. They are the blue and green veins beneath the surface of the skin. Reticular veins enlarge because of increased pressure in the vein. They can be caused by heredity. You may have reticular veins alone but you may also have spider veins at the same time.What causes spider and reticular veins?
Spider and reticular veins can be caused by many factors.
Asclera, or Polidocanol, is an injectable agent used to help treat varicose veins (1 to 3 mm in diameter) and spider veins (less than 1 mm in diameter) which is currently being used in Europe and elsewhere, and received FDA approval for use in the United States in 2010.How does Asclera work?
Asclera, like other pharmaceutical sclerosing agents, irritates the interior walls of the vein, causing them to constrict and close. This prevents the flow of blood through the affected vein and can effectively eliminate the swelling, bulging, discomfort and discoloration which may be caused by reticular veins or spider veins. What are the advantages of Asclera over other similar treatments?
Asclera (polidocanol) Injection has been used Europe to safely and effectively treat spider and reticular veins in the legs for over 40 years. In this time, over 5 million treatments have been performed with a very high success rate. In addition, Asclera has anesthetic properties, which may make treatment more comfortable for patients.Who is a candidate for Asclera treatment?
Most men and women who are experiencing spider veins and reticular veins are good candidates for Asclera treatment. Patients with certain blood conditions or vascular ailments, as well as those taking specific medications may not be suitable candidates. Be sure to discuss any current medical conditions and medications with Dr. Brownell before undergoing any vein procedure. In addition, women who are pregnant are not generally considered good candidates for this or other vein sclerosing treatments. Asclera should not be used in patients with known allergies to polidocanol (lauromacrogol 400) or any of the other ingredients of Asclera.
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