“Sclerotherapy is still the gold standard for fading unsightly leg veins. It is less expensive and more efficient than any laser technology currently available. New Sclerosants are also painless.”
- Dr. Lupo
Spider veins may be extremely small as solitary veins. Clustered together, though, as spider veins are, these veins can cause significant emotional stress. Women affected by spider veins may avoid wearing clothing that shows their legs, and may worry that these veins pose health concerns. Dr. Mary Lupo visits with patients regarding problematic veins, assuring them that spider veins pose nothing more than cosmetic concern.

These tiny red or purple lines beneath the skin indicate that blood within affected veins is not moving sufficiently. Some of the reasons a person may develop spider veins include estrogen medications, pregnancy, genetic factors, injury, or prolonged standing or sitting on a regular basis. Women who are significantly overweight are at an increased risk for spider veins.

Though not a medical concern, spider veins can be treated should they create uncomfortable situations. You should not feel as though you want to hide your legs. Instead, a visit to the Lupo Center can lead to the effective non-surgical treatment of spider veins, and a return to full confidence. In our office, patients may undergo Sclerotherapy, a minimally-invasive treatment that has been used to reduce the appearance of spider veins since the 1930s.

Sclerotherapy has been proven extremely successful in treating uncomplicated spider and reticular veins. In a precise procedure, a highly trained physician injects a solution into affected veins, leading to their closure and disappearance over time.

Spider veins are very fine, and may be found on the lower extremities or on the face. Small or large areas may be covered in these veins. Reticular veins are enlarged veins that appear blue or green beneath the surface of the skin. These veins are the result of too much pressure in the affected vein.

Sclerotherapy at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology

Sclerotherapy at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology
Say goodbye to leg veins with sclerotherapy treatment at Lupo Center in LA. Our virtually painless procedure uses FDA-approved solutions for maximum benefit. Watch this video as Dr. Mary Lupo explains all about it.

What is Sclerotherapy?

Here at the Lupo Center, I have been performing sclerotherapy since 1984.

It is a wonderful procedure ever made and remains the treatment of choice for dilated leg veins. We can use lasers, but studies show, sclerotherapy is more effective and more cost-effective than laser treatment.

In addition, sclerotherapy is less painful than laser treatments for leg veins.

How does the treatment work?

Sclerotherapy is the introduction of a solution directly into the tiny blood vessel, which causes damage to the cells inside the blood vessel called the endothelial cells.

Over time, damage to the cell causes the entire vessel to be destroyed and is gradually absorbed into the body, and you no longer see it.

The way sclerotherapy works is that the solution pushes the blood out of the vessel, and when it is adjacent to the endothelial cells, it damages those cells, and over time, scar tissue replaces them.

Are results immediate with Sclerotherapy?

You will immediately see a fading of the blood vessel with the injection, but the blood vessel comes back is a little inflamed, and over several weeks the vein will gradually disappear.

Sclerotherapy is virtually painless because the solutions we use now are FDA-approved, and at the Lupo Center, we try to do everything to make the experience of the patient as pleasant as possible, so we use the smallest caliber needles.

Is there any post-treatment care?

Patients do need to know that they will require compression stockings after the treatment for maximum benefit.

The compression stockings compress the vessel, allowing it to be destroyed more rapidly.

In addition, it helps prevent excessive inflammation and causing any tenderness of the area after the treatment.

So sclerotherapy remains the most effective and cost-effective treatment at the Lupo Center using the FDA-approved product called Asclera®.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment that typically takes from 15 to 45 minutes to complete. The length of treatment will depend on how many veins require treatment. Dr. Lupo discusses the details of treatment, including estimated time for completion, during a one on one consultation.

Follow up to sclerotherapy includes wearing support hose or compression stockings continuously for about three days. After the third day, stockings may be worn during the day.

Dr. Lupo has been successfully performing sclerotherapy for many years. She views this as a safe, effective procedure for anyone who desires to eliminate unwanted spider veins.

Contact Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to get rid of unsightly veins.

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Unsightly veins on the legs bothering you? Dr. Lupo talks about how sclerotherapy works to put an end to these ugly veins and also how laser therapy is an option too.

Would you like to know how we get rid of dilated leg veins? So there is two ways that we do it. The one that I prefer is sclerotherapy. This is a procedure that I have been doing since 1983. And the reason that I like it is I find it both effective and very cost effective. And with new products such as Sclera which is FDA approved for sclerotherapy, it is virtually painless because such a tiny tiny needle is used and the sclerosant itself does not sting the way old preparations did. So how does sclerotherapy work? Well sclerotherapy works by the sclerosant, in this case Sclera, causing a detergent damage to the endothelial cells that line the blood vessel. So think of the blood vessel as like a hose and inside the hose in the lumen, there are little tiny cells all lined up. And when the Sclera comes in contact with those cells, the detergent action actually damages those cells. Now, the next step is to compress that lumen while the healing process occurs. The healing or fibrosis or in this case sclerosis occurs over several weeks. So by compressing the lumen or the blood vessel, this sticky damaged cells on the inside stick to each other and prevent the vessel from popping back open as you stand and walk around. So ambulatory sclerotherapy is very important. You never want to be bed ridden while you are getting sclerotherapy because when you are bed ridden, you can increase your risk of blood clots. So we put stockings on that are both therapeutic because they compress the vessel and speeds sclerosis enclosure and there are also therapeutic and preventative of any side effect of (not clear) or blood clots. So that’s how sclerotherapy works. Now, how does laser work? Well, laser works with the 10-64 anatomated laser that goes through the epidermis and into the deeper parts of the dermis where the blood vessels are. And by selective photothermalysis which is where there is a target that absorbs the laser energy, converts into heat and in this case, the heat damages the blood vessels. So that’s how they work. Talk to your dermatologist about what’s best for you and I will see you next time.

Goodbye to unsightly veins with a single round of foam sclerotherapy!

Goodbye to unsightly veins with a single round of foam sclerotherapy!
Dr. Lupo offers foam sclerotherapy to help you get rid of those unsightly veins. With this modern technique and her expertise watch how within a single shot, Dr. Lupo is able to get rid of some unsightly veins.

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Amazing Results With Sclerotherapy Treatment for Spider Veins!

Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment that gets rid of unsightly, superficial reticular and spider veins

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Dr. Lupo discusses the benefits of Sclerotherapy

Dr. Lupo discusses the benefits of Sclerotherapy


Mary P. Lupo, M.D

Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology.

At the Lupo Center we improve light things – we primarily use the technique called Sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is an injection technique where a sclerosant or liquid is actually injected into the unwanted blood vessel to cause an inflammatory reaction that results in the vessel shutting down and the blood does not cool in it anymore. We also have lasers that we use but we have honestly found that Sclerotherapy is the most cost effective and effective and safe method for improvement of dilated spider veins and reticular veins on the lower legs.

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Avoid these medications for at least two weeks prior to injections: Aspirin or Ibuprofen, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, “G” supplements (ginko, ginseng, garlic), St. John's Wort and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like Celebrex, as they may cause thinning of the blood.
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Our mission at the Lupo Center is to provide patients with innovative, effective and ethical care to make each person look and feel their personal best. To fulfill our goal, we provide state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments to all patients.

Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.

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