How Does Asclera Treat Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Updated on: August 18, 2014

Those in Robbinsdale, Minnesota or other areas of the country who are experiencing spider veins or small varicose veins may find relief through Asclera, an injectable treatment that's helped many patients overcome these venous conditions. It has recently been approved for use in the United States in 2010, and has been used in Europe and other parts of the world. It is generally used to treat those with spider veins that are less than a millimeter in diameter or varicose veins that are one to three millimeters in diameter. Patients should first consult a specialist to determine if this is a good treatment to help them reach their goals.

The agent works by irritating the vessel lining, which causes the vein to constrict and eventually close entirely to prevent blood from flowing through it. The swelling and bulging and other symptoms such as discomfort and aching is effectively relieved through this procedure. Patients may seek treatment of veins that are located in the lower extremities, but are still encouraged to explore all options with a vein specialist before undergoing any treatment. Those who have certain blood or vascular problems may not be considered candidates. Pregnant women are generally not considered candidates for the procedure, and patients with a known allergy to polidocanol or other ingredients of the agent should not undergo this procedure. Tell your Robbinsdale specialist of any medications that you are taking.

One of the benefits of Asclera is that it has some anesthetic properties, which may help to improve patient comfort during the process. The treatment site is cleaned before the agent is injected, and a topical anesthetic may also be applied to numb the treatment area. Most treatments will take about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the number of areas that are being treated, as well as the overall size of the treatment area. Asclera is administered in on outpatient basis.

Most individuals are able to return to normal routines or work following the treatment, although wearing compression stockings may be encouraged if veins in the legs are treated. This may help to increase the speed of recovery after the procedure. Most patients notice results after one to three treatments, although additional treatments may be required in some cases. There is a risk of scarring or skin breakdown with this procedure, as well as a small risk of infection.

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