Varicose veins occur when the tiny valves inside blood vessels fail to function properly, allowing blood to back up and pool, and causing those bulging, swollen, purplish veins on the legs and other areas. For the thousands of men and women who suffer from them, varicose veins, and their smaller counterparts, spider veins, are more than unsightly inconveniences. They also can cause pain, aching, and heaviness in the legs, as well as cosmetic discoloration.
Sclerotherapy is one of the primary methods of treating varicose and spider veins, involving the injection of a chemical agent that causes veins to harden, or sclerose, and constrict, preventing blood flow. Soon, patients who suffer from small varicose (reticular) or spider veins will have a new treatment option called Asclera™, a sclerosing agent that has been successfully used in Europe for over 40 years. Asclera was FDA approved for use in the United States in 2010.
Treatment with Asclera is relatively simple. Prior to injection, the treatment area is cleansed and a topical numbing agent may be applied to reduce discomfort. After the treatment area is prepared, Asclera is injected directly into problem veins using a small needle. Polidocanol, the active ingredient in Asclera, is the chemical that encourages the problem veins to close, and it also contains anesthetic properties which may lessen discomfort during the procedure. In most cases, the entire treatment takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Most patients return to their normal activities immediately after treatment.
If you need a safe, effective way to treat your small varicose or spider veins, ask your specialist for more information on Asclera, and to notify you when it becomes available in your area.
About Center for Vein Restoration
The Center for Vein Restoration is nationally recognized as the leader in the treatment of varicose and spider veins. In fact, venous insufficiency, the cause of varicose veins and spider veins, is our sole focus – we are dedicated to relieving leg pain, treating the vascular cause of severe leg wounds, and eliminating unsightly veins, allowing our patients to look better, feel better and live better.
With 16 locations and growing, we have assembled the most qualified and experienced team of physicians, researchers and staff to serve patients across Maryland, Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Western Michigan.
We are unique among vein clinics for several reasons. First, we are proud that we employ some of the highest caliber surgeons and medical teams in the profession. Second, we offer a complete array of clinical procedures for the treatment of vein disease, dealing with root causes and serious health issues, not just improving our patients’ appearance. Third, our staff researchers, while working to refine the work we do every day, are also looking to the future, researching new methods and technologies to improve the practice of vascular medicine.
Finally, we are proud to say we are the largest organization of our kind, conducting more varicose vein and spider vein procedures than any vein clinic. Why is this important? Our practice is built on experience, expertise and trust. Our patients can be assured that when they call us for a consultation they’re dealing with the most knowledgeable professionals possible who can provide them the safest, most positive experience possible.
d to say we are the largest organization of our kind, conducting more varicose vein and spider vein procedures than any vein clinic. Why is this important? Our practice is built on experience, expertise and trust. Our patients can be assured that when they call us for a consultation they’re dealing with the most knowledgeable professionals possible who can provide them the safest, most positive experience possible.