What is polidocanol?

The team at Tinsley Surgical uses an advanced form of treatment called polidocanol foam (Asclera) sclerotherapy. It works similarly to standard sclerotherapy, but instead of injecting a liquid sclerosant, the team uses a sclerosant foam.

Foam sclerotherapy has several advantages. For starters, the foam doesn’t mix with your blood in your vein like a liquid sclerosant. Therefore, it works longer and is more effective than liquid sclerotherapy. Also, because of the foam’s thickness, the team at Tinsley Surgical can view your veins using ultrasound, which improves the treatment’s effectiveness.

If your spider veins bother you, visit Tinsley Surgical for a fast, effective treatment that eliminates these blemishes. To schedule your consultation, call the office now, or use the button below.

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Risk factors for spider veins include:

  • Standing for long periods
  • Being overweight
  • Have relatives with spider veins
  • Being pregnant
  • Using birth control pills
  • Taking hormone replacement therapy
  • Going through menopause

In many cases, you can have laparoscopic surgery as an outpatient, going home the same day as your procedure.

Commonly asked questions about polidocanol:

What are spider veins?

Spider veins manifest as intricate networks of tiny red, blue, or purplish blood vessels on the skin. They are generally considered a cosmetic concern rather than a health risk. It’s important to note that the presence of spider veins increases the likelihood of developing varicose veins, larger and painful bulging veins in the legs.

Typically appearing on the face and legs, spider veins can impact one’s self-esteem. If you find these veins affecting you in this manner, rest assured that the skilled team at Tinsley Surgical offers effective treatments to eliminate them, providing specialized care to enhance both the health and appearance of your skin.

What causes spider veins?

Spider veins indicate a problem with the valves in your veins. Arteries take blood that’s enriched with oxygen away from your heart, while veins bring the used blood back to your heart. Consequently, your veins have valves in them that allow blood to flow toward your heart but stop it from going the other way.

Sometimes the valves stop working correctly, so blood starts to leak back the wrong way, building up and causing the veins to swell and show through your skin. When this happens to the larger blood vessels, you have varicose veins. When it affects the tiny blood vessels called capillaries, you have spider veins.



For individuals dealing with spider veins, Tinsley Surgical provides a convenient online assessment using VeinPix. Simply visit the Tinsley Surgical website, where you can complete a form and questionnaire, attach photos of your spider veins, and submit everything to the team for evaluation. This approach eliminates the need to carve out time from your busy schedule for an in-person visit, offering a much more convenient way to receive a thorough assessment of your condition.

Find out more about the polidocanol treatments offered at Tinsley Surgical.