Is Asclera the Right Choice for Your Veins?
With many good options in spider vein treatment today, it can be difficult to know which procedure will provide you with the best possible results. For many patients with visible spider or smaller varicose veins, Asclera is often the treatment of choice. This medication is highly effective in eliminating visible veins without discomfort or downtime. When administered by a qualified, experienced vein specialist like Dr. Lev, Asclera offers excellent results with a high patient satisfaction rate.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Asclera is used during a procedure known as sclerotherapy. During sclerotherapy, a solution is injected directly into spider or smaller varicose veins, which disrupts the lining inside the vessel. The treated vein seals together and is eliminated by the body over time. The vessel disappears from view and blood is rerouted to healthy veins nearby.
Before Asclera, other sclerosing agents were available to produce the desired effects. However, some patients have found alternative solutions to cause more discomfort when the liquid was injected into the vessel. In addition, these solutions may have a higher risk for scarring when not administered by an experienced vein specialists.
The Lowdown on Asclera
Asclera or polidocanol is a prescription medication that targets the endothelium in the vein, or the vein lining. The solution leads to clotting inside the vein, which allows the vessel to be reabsorbed by the body and completely eliminated. Some patients find Asclera to be more comfortable than other sclerosing agents. In addition, this medication can be used to treat both uncomplicated spider veins and varicose veins up to 3 mmm in diameter, known as reticular veins.
About the Procedure
A sclerotherapy treatment using Asclera typically takes around 15-45 minutes to complete, depending on the number of veins to be addressed. Each vein will require multiple injections along the full length of the vessel to ensure the vein collapses completely. Most patients do not require any type of anesthesia prior to treatment and find the procedure to be relatively comfortable.
After the procedure, patients are encouraged to walk around right away to stimulate healthy blood flow. Compression stockings are also usually worn for a number of days following treatment. Compression stockings are special socks that offer gradient pressure from the foot up the leg, to help the lower leg veins move blood back up to the heart. Treatment of small spider veins typically only requires compression stockings for a few days, while treatment of varicose veins may require compression stockings for a week or more.
Excellent Results without Downtime
Results of sclerotherapy using Asclera will be evident right away but continue to improve in the weeks following treatment. Many patients will require more than one treatment session to achieve full results. Treatment sessions are usually scheduled 1-2 weeks apart and most patients will not need more than two or three of those sessions to enjoy the results they were hoping for. In addition to the elimination of the visible veins, patients will also notice improvement in symptoms that might have accompanied them, such as aching, swelling and burning of the lower leg around the affected vessel.
Once results are complete, they are also permanent since the treated veins are completely eliminated. If additional veins become visible over time, subsequent treatments may be performed to help you maintain your positive results. However, there are steps you can take to lower your risk for developing additional spider and varicose veins, which we can discuss with you at your treatment session.
Don’t suffer the cosmetic embarrassment or physical discomfort of spider or varicose veins any longer. Contact Advanced Varicose Vein Treatments of Manhattan today at 212-204-6501 to find out if Asclera is the right treatment for you.