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WHAT IS SCLEROTHERAPY
Sclerotherapy is the injection of a sterile chemical (AKA: agent) into a vein. Asclera is an FDA approved agent that can be injected into a vein and it works by damaging the inner wall of the vein. Eventually, the vein collapses on itself. Over time, the damaged vein is replaced with fibrous connective tissue and prevents blood flow through the vessel. Individual results may vary, and many patients will require multiple injection sessions for optimal treatment success.
YOU SHOULD NOT USE SCLEROTHERAPY IF:
*Have a known clotting disorder
*Have a known allergy to polidocanol
*Are pregnant or nursing
• I will examine your veins and determine a treatment plan tailored for your needs.
• Antiseptic will be used to cleanse all intended treatment areas.
• A very fine needle (about a 30 gauge) is used to inject Asclera into veins up to 3mm in diameter.
• A slight stinging may be experienced with each injection.
• It is not unusual to see initial clearing of the treated vein, followed by return of blood flow to the area.
• After each injection is complete, a small pressure dressing may be used. Such dressings may be removed in the evening before bedtime.
IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROCEDURE
• Walk for 15 to 20 min immediately following the procedure and daily for the next few days.
• Wear compression stockings continuously for 2-3 days following your procedure. Then wear during the day for total of 7 days.
• Use of a compression garment is recommended. Patient to purchase compression stockings prior to day of procedure. Literature supports medium-grade compression garments: i.e. 20-30mmHg2
• Do not shave your legs or use lotion on your legs the day of treatment.
• Bring a pair of shorts to wear during your procedure.
FOR 3-5 DAYS AFTER THE TREATMENT AVOID:
*Extended periods of sitting or standing, such as long plane flights
*It is important to follow up in 3 months to have the area re-examine and do a second treatment if necessary.
*Skin may look irritated after the treatment, possibly even with bruises. Irritation and bruises will resolve with time.
*There is a possibility you might react to the adhesive tape used during your treatment, in the form of skin irritation or blistering.
*An area of brown colored pigmentation may appear that may look like bruises or follow the path of the vein. May take weeks to months to resolve. It is uncommon for this type of pigmentation to be permanent
* It can take several weeks to see final results and additional treatments may be required.
* It is important to realize that sclerotherapy does not prevent the development of new spider veins and/or varicosities as an individual continues to age.
*For questions or concerns following your sclerotherapy treatment, please follow-up with your treating healthcare practitioner