What Can Asclera Do for Your Veins?
Ever been nervous to shed your cover-up at the beach because of purple varicose veins twisting across your legs? You’re not alone. Almost a quarter of Americans — twice as many women as men — develop these abnormal vein structures on the surface of the skin, usually on the legs and feet.
Aside from looking unsightly, varicose veins can sometimes become painful and swollen, even leading to night cramps and a burning sensation. The good news is that we can safely and effectively help your body shut down and erase small, uncomplicated varicose veins and spider veins with an injectable sclerosing agent called Asclera.
What are varicose veins?
Healthy veins are one-way streets ushering blood efficiently back to your heart. Sometimes genetics, age, obesity, pregnancy, lack of exercise, circulatory problems and other health issues weaken these valves, and the blood pools and backs up, causing the veins to swell and twist.
For those patients who have the following two types of varicose veins, Asclera can gradually and safely erase the purple twists:
- Uncomplicated spider veins (1 millimeter or less in diameter)
- Reticular varicose veins (1 to 3 millimeters in diameter)
Asclera is one of the newest FDA-approved sclerosing agents. Studies have shown that when compared to older sclerosing agents, Asclera has a significantly higher patient satisfaction rate of 87%. Improvements were noted over the course of 12 to 26 weeks.
What to expect during an Asclera appointment.
For patients with these type of varicose veins, an appointment for Asclera injections may last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the area that needs to be treated. We inject this sclerosing agent at inch-long intervals along the affected veins.
More than one appointment may be needed to cover all the necessary area, but generally speaking, you can then expect the varicose veins to collapse and scar over, which forces the blood back to the heart via healthier veins. Scar tissue from the collapsed veins gradually reabsorbs into the surrounding tissues and fades away.
What happens after an Asclera appointment?
To get the best outcome after your sclerotherapy treatment, your dermatologist will recommend compression stockings at all times over the next two to three days, and then during the day for two to three weeks thereafter. A gentle walking routine is recommended, but you will need to avoid heavy exercise, sunbathing, excessive heat (from hot tubs or saunas) and extensive air travel for a few days after treatment, as well.
Call Avail Dermatology about your varicose veins!
Set up an appointment to talk with us at Avail Dermatology by calling 770-251-5111, and we can see if you would be a good candidate for Asclera.