Other Injections

Sclerotherapy

Visible veins and spider veins most commonly on the legs, but which may appear anywhere on the face or body, can be treated with sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is the standard for treating visible veins and vessels, and is most commonly performed by injecting a sclerosing solution, one that will seal off the injected vessel. Sodium tetradecyl slufate (STS) under the brand names Sotradecol is approved by the U.S. FDA for sclerotherapy treatment of spider veins of the legs. Polidoconol, under the brand name Varisolve, is a drug presently in investigational use for sclerotherapy in the U.S.

Treatment is performed on an outpatient basis, and may need to be repeated to completed eliminate the undesirable vessel. Your doctor may require you wear compression hose for several days following treatment. Although treatment is permanent, new veins and vessels can appear.

If you experience leg fatigue, or have larger veins or have veins that cause localized discomfort, it is important that you have a medical evaluation prior to treatment for potential vascular disorders which may affect your overall health.

Consumer Cautions

Botulinum, dermal filler, fat injections and sclerotherapy are widely accepted cosmetic injectable treatments to enhance your appearance and improve the signs of aging. Other injectable treatments being offered to consumers today are not widely accepted and may not be FDA approved for injectable or for cosmetic purposes.

Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is a term used to describe numerous injections into the fatty layer beneath the skin. The substance injected is generally a compounded mixture of medicines, herbs and vitamins and is purported to improve the signs of aging, treat cellulite or reduce fat. Compounded treatments are not FDA approved and may be unsafe.

Fat-Dissolving Injections

Fat-dissolving injections come by many different names, including mesotherapy, lippodissolve, lipolysis and lipostabil. Multiple injections to a treated region generally include phosphatidylcholine. Lecithin is a major component of phosphatidylcholine, and is sometimes identified in fat-dissolving injections. Phosphatidylcholine and lecithin, common ingredients used in and compounded in mesotherapy treatments and LipoDissolve, or any fat-dissolving drug delivered by injection are not FDA approved.

Cellulite Injections

Mesotherapy and carboxytherapy (carbon-dioxide injections) are purported to improve the appearance of cellulite. There is no drug FDA approved for treating cellulite, and no qualified studies to date demonstrating the outcomes or safety of these treatments.

Human Growth Hormone

Human growth hormone is technically an FDA-approved brand name pharmaceutical used to treat specific disorders including hormone deficiency that results in growth failure in children, Turner syndrome, short bowel syndrome, pituitary disorders, and tumors and muscle-wasting disease associated with HIV. No pharmaceutical or compounded form of HGH is FDA approved for cosmetic, weight loss, muscle building or anti-aging purposes.