Sclerotherapy Vein Removal Treatment | Encino
Sclerotherapy treatment at the Glow Aesthetic Center is designed to treat patients with spider veins or reticular veins. This procedure is non-surgical and minimally invasive, requiring only an injection. Clinicians at our center inject Asclera®, a sclerosing agent that damages the endothelium and protects the blood vein walls by removing cellular debris and platelets that lead to vein swelling and clotting.
Asclera (polidocanol) Injection Treats:
Uncomplicated spider veins, also known as varicose veins that are usually less than 1mm in diameter
Uncomplicated reticular veins, also know as small varicose veins that are usually 1 to 3mm in diameter
Studies have shown that an average of 87% of patients report that they were very satisfied with their Asclera® treatment.
Studies show that an average of 87% of patients reported that they were satisfied or very
satisfied with their Asclera treatment. Asclera® has proven to be more reliable than other treatments such as sodium tetradecyl sulfate (STS). Research suggests that Asclera® effectively removes spider veins in 75-90% of cases.
What Is the Procedure Like?
Treatment sessions typically last between 15 to 45 minutes. Patients receive several injections per session in order to fully collapse the vein and get the best results. After the treatment, our clinicians will advise you to wear compression stockings or support hose at all times for the next 2 to 3 days for spider veins and 5 to 7 days for reticular veins. After patients can wear them only during the day for the next 2 to 3 weeks. Follow-up sessions are encouraged about two weeks apart if further treatment is necessary to fully collapse the vein.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose Veins are large veins that vary in color from blue to dark purple. They are most often found on the legs and can be seen protruding or bulging out from the skin.
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are very small fine veins that are typically a bluish or red color. These types of veins do not bulge like varicose veins do, instead they resemble thin lines, a tree, or a spider-web like formation underneath the skin. These veins can form within a large or small area and typically appear on the face or legs.
What Are Reticular Veins?
Reticular veins are also called feeder veins. They appear to be blue or green and do not bulge from the skin. These veins can occur in people who also have spider veins and they can grow larger due to increased pressure.
What Causes Spider and Reticular Veins?
Age is a common cause of spider and reticular veins. As we age, our body wears down and the vein valves weaken. Heredity may also cause these conditions. About half of varicose vein sufferers have a relative with the same genetic condition. Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to get varicose veins, especially as you age. Hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, birth control pills, and menopause may increase your risk of developing varicose veins. Varicose veins may develop during pregnancy due to the increased pressure in the legs, but usually dissipate a year after pregnancy. Varicose veins may have varying causes such as sitting too long, being overweight, and other factors. Various studies have shown possible precursors to this condition such as : race, posture, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, occupation, and valvular incompetence may all increase your risk factors.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Graduated compression must be maintained:
- 2 to 3 days following spider vein treatment
- 5 to 7 days following reticular vein treatment
- Larger veins typically require longer compression times to supplement the treatment
- Compression will help lessen the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Walking is necessary:
- For 15 to 20 minutes right after treatment
- Then every day for about a week
For 2 to 3 days after treatment, avoid:
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Physical exertion
- Sitting in one position for long periods of time, especially on plane flights
- Sauna, hot tub, or hot baths that may irritate the area
- Notify your clinician of any medication you may be on
- Drugs, herbal supplements, and vitamins
Avoid Asclera if you:
- If you are allergic to polidocanol
- Have a vein or blood clotting, or thromboembolic, disease
- Are pregnant or nursing
If you live in Encino, Tarzana, Woodland hills, Sherman oaks or any other part of San Fernando valley and the surrounding areas of Los Angeles and want to find out if sclerotherapy is right for you, please call Glow Aesthetic Center at