Do you have leg veins that you are not proud of? When we have purple, blue, or red veins showing all over our legs, we tend to want to keep them covered up, even in the hottest of weather. But what if we told you there were other options to have your legs look amazing. Among the newer aesthetic treatments is Asclera® (polidocanol). This is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of spider veins. Asclera® is injected into the vein to help reduce this unsightly look. This procedure is called sclerotherapy.
If you have heard of this procedure but have heard that it is done with hypertonic saline, you would be correct. This used to be done by using hypertonic saline, but the problem was it burns and can lead to scarring if not done each and every time correctly. However, Asclera® is the gold standard of getting rid of veins. It works by damaging the blood vessel lining to clear out the vessel.
It is very effective but might take more than one appointment to achieve the desired results. On average, it will take 3-5 treatments, but it can take 1-10 treatments depending on what is being treated. Asclera® is known to have less chance of hematomas, less pain, and less irritation than other types of sclerotherapy treatments. It also has less scaring.
There isn’t anything you need to do to prepare for this procedure. Following the treatment, support hose or compression stockings should be worn 2-3 days continuously and 2-3 weeks during the daytime only. Also, 2-3 days after treatment, patients should avoid hot baths, spas, long flights, saunas, sunbathing, and heavy exercise to avoid having the veins reopen. The stocks or pressure hose keep the veins closed as we would want them.
There are two types of veins that are treated using Sclerotherapy. These are spider veins and reticular veins. Reasons for having these veins are gender, age, heredity, obesity, pregnancy, and prolonged sitting or standing. Interestingly enough, women are more likely to get these types of veins than men.
If you have unsightly leg veins be sure to set up a free consultation to find out if Ascelera® is right for you.