Good news! Thanks to Asclera® (pronounced uh-SKLAIR-uh), you may no longer need to feel self-conscious about showing your legs due to spider veins. Asclera® is an FDA-approved treatment used in a procedure called sclerotherapy. It’s administered in-office by a healthcare provider to treat two types of veins in the lower extremities, uncomplicated spider and uncomplicated reticular veins.
Sclerotherapy involves the injection of a solution (sclerosing agent) into affected veins. It has been clinically well-proven and has been in use since 1939.
Post injection you should expect some redness and bruising at the injection site. Maintain compression for 2 to 3 days after treatment of spider veins and for 5 to 7 days for reticular veins. For more information on aftercare see below.
What to expect:
Before your treatment:
- Use of compression garment is recommended
- The day of treatment, avoid using lotion or shaving your legs.
Day of treatment:
- A very fine needle is used to inject Asclera® into veins
- A typical sclerotherapy treatment lasts 15-45 minutes.
- A slight stinging may be experienced with each injection.
- It is not unusual to see the initial clearing of the treated vein followed by a return of blood flow to the area.
- After each injection is complete, a small pressure dressing may be used. Such dressings may be
removed in the evening before bedtime.
- Walk for 15-20 minutes immediately following the procedure and daily for the next few days.
- Wear compression stockings continuously for 2-3 days following the procedure.
- For 2-3 days after treatment avoid:
• heavy exercise
• extending periods of sitting or standing such as long plane flights
- It can take several weeks to see the final results and additional treatments may be required.
- Post-treatment compression is necessary to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis.
- It is important to realize that sclerotherapy does not prevent the development of new spider veins and/or varicosities as an individual continues to age.
Understand you should not receive if you:
- Have a known clotting disorder
- Have a known allergy to polidocanol
- Are pregnant or nursing