The ClearScan vascular treatment eliminates spider veins quickly, comfortably and effectively
Who is a candidate for Spider Vein Therapy?
If you have developed unsightly veins due to heredity, age, prolonged sitting or standing, or other factors, Advanced Laser Clinic can help. We are proud to offer two treatment options for veins: Asclera Injection and Sciton's ClearScan laser technology.
Contraindications for Spider Vein Therapy include: known allergies to polidocanol, acute vein or blood clotting (thromboembolic) disease, and pregnancy or nursing. If you have been exposed to any sun, tanning beds, or self tanners, you will need to wait to receive the treatment. Our staff is happy to consult with you to determine how long the wait will be; many of our clients find Fall to be an ideal time to begin their Spider Vein Therapy. We will consult with you to determine the ideal treatment for your skin condition and desired result.
How does the treatment work?
Asclera: Asclera is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat uncomplicated spider veins and uncomplicated reticular veins. The treatment involves the injection of a solution into the affected veins. It works by damaging the endothelium, the cells lining the inside of blood vessels. This causes blood platelets to attach to the lining of the vessels; eventually, cellular debris and platelets cause the blood vessel to clot. Over time, the clotted vein will be replaced with tissue.
Sciton's ClearScan: Using Sciton's laser technology, ClearScan gently eliminates broken capillaries and other visible vascular structures from the upper layers of your skin surface. Unwanted vessels will be preferentially heated by the laser energy. As they heat, the blood vessels will break down and shrink, becoming less noticeable.
Is Spider Vein Therapy safe? Are there any side effects?
Although there is some chance of side effects, they are rare, and there is little risk in the treatment of benign conditions. In some cases, depending on your response to the treatment and the result desired, repeat treatment will be necessary. You should tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking before your treatment. Your doctor will discuss potential risks of your specific condition prior to treatment.
How many treatments are recommended? When will I see results from the treatment?
There should be little to no discomfort, however it varies from patient to patient and depends on the treatment. Your physician will discuss your options to properly manage any discomfort from the treatment.
Asclera: A typical Asclera session lasts 15 to 45 minutes. One injection is usually administered per inch with multiple injections per session. After the injection session is completed, apply compression with a stocking or bandage, and walk for 15- 20 minutes. Your healthcare provider will provide monitoring during this period to treat any possible anaphylactic or allergic reactions.
Sciton's ClearScan: Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. The ClearScan laser beam will be delivered precisely to the area of your skin being treated. You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by the unwanted vessels. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.
There should be no prolonged post-treatment discomfort. Your healing time will depend upon your actual treatment. In most cases, there is virtually no downtime and you may resume daily activity immediately. You may experience some redness after the procedure. Your physician will answer questions about temporary changes on your skin color and how they may be camouflaged.
What to expect after treatment?
After the treatment, your skin may be pink temporarily but it will resolve over time. Any vessels denatured by the laser will be reabsorbed by your body over a period of time in a natural cleansing process. Most small capillaries will become invisible almost immediately, since they will no longer contain blood. In some cases, depending on your response to the treatment and the result desired, repeat treatment will be necessary.
What type of aftercare is necessary?
It is important to follow your physician’s instructions. Following treatment, maintain compression as directed by your doctor. For extensive varicosities, longer compression treatment with compression bandages or a gradient compression stocking of a higher compression class is recommended. Post-treatment compression is necessary to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. You also may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. This will minimize your risk of inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest response time. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. Many of the conditions treated by the laser will have been caused by sun exposure, so avoiding the sun will prolong your new youthful appearance. You need to fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
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