While visible veins on your legs are not usually a health concern, they can make you feel self-conscious. Varicose and spider veins are damaged blood vessels caused by factors such as genetics, lifestyle, age, and pregnancy. They can appear as enlarged, twisting, and discolored marks or web-like patterns.
If you want to improve the appearance of visible veins, minimally-invasive sclerotherapy treatments using Asclera® may be right for you. Asclera can help you regain the confidence to show off your legs.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that improves the appearance of veins. It’s the go-to method of correcting small spider and varicose veins. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 300,000 sclerotherapy procedures were performed in 2018.
The procedure involves injecting a solution into the affected vessels, eventually causing them to clot and fade. Your blood naturally reroutes through healthier veins.
Sclerotherapy is usually performed for cosmetic reasons. However, it can also improve uncomfortable physical symptoms caused by damaged veins, such as:
What You Need To Know About Asclera Injections
Asclera is an FDA-approved injectable prescription medicine used during sclerotherapy. Made of polidocanol, Asclera can treat spider veins and small varicose veins, also known as reticular veins. The solution is specifically designed to remove unwanted veins on the legs.
Sclerotherapy treatments using Asclera have a high patient satisfaction rate. This simple procedure can give you the confidence to show off your legs!
Are Asclera Injections Common During Sclerotherapy?
There are several different types of sclerosing agents that can be used to perform sclerotherapy. Some of the most common sclerosants include polidocanol, hypertonic saline, sodium tetradecyl sulfate, and glycerine/lidocaine/epinephrine. These are marketed under various brand names.
Polidocanol is the ingredient in the injectable prescription medicine Asclera. It is often used during sclerotherapy because it does not have the same drawbacks as some other medications. Park Meadows Aesthetics chooses to offer Aslcera to our patients for this reason.
Are Asclera Injections Painful?
If you are looking to reduce the appearance of visible leg veins, Asclera is likely the least painful option available to you today. It is more comfortable than surgical vein removal. It also outperforms other sclerosing solutions in terms of patient experience during treatment. That is because Asclera is made of an ingredient called polidocanol, which creates a numbing effect.
WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDDIATE FOR ASCLERA?
Asclera may be right for you if you want to improve the appearance of visible veins on your legs. It’s designed to treat spider veins less than 1 mm in diameter and varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in diameter.
To find out if this treatment is suitable for your specific vein concerns, schedule an in-person consultation at our Lone Tree practice. Our highly-trained staff will discuss the benefits and considerations associated with Asclera injections. During this time, they will ask about your relevant medical history and any medications or supplements you may be taking.
Generally speaking, you may be a candidate if you:
- Are not currently pregnant or nursing
- Are free from acute vein or blood clotting diseases
- Have no known allergies to polidocanol
For the right candidate, Asclera is an effective solution to unwanted visible veins. Many patients report an improved quality of life after treatment because they can wear leg-baring clothing and swimwear without feeling self-conscious.
What Should You Not Do Before Sclerotherapy?
Our team will provide details about what you should avoid before having sclerotherapy. It is our priority to ensure that you enjoy a safe and effective treatment. To support this goal, we will ask you not to shave or apply lotion to your legs 24 hours prior to visiting our office. You should also take care to dress properly. Do not wear tight pants or other restrictive clothing to the treatment.
You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as anti-inflammatory drugs. Talk to our team about all medicines you are currently taking, including herbs and dietary supplements.
Are There Any Risks to Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minor and minimally invasive procedure that is generally considered safe. However, there are potential side effects associated with sclerotherapy, including temporary itching, bruising, and redness at the injection site. Other sclerotherapy risks include the formation of lumps beneath the skin and brown lines at the vein site that usually disappear.
Our team will go over all of the risks associated with this treatment during your consultation. But remember, you can greatly minimize the chance for problems by following our care instructions.
Is There Any Recovery Involved For Sclerotherapy?
There is a manageable recovery period to be expected after having sclerotherapy for leg veins. You will need to wear compression socks for one to two weeks, depending on your treatment. It is also important to avoid hot tubs, strenuous activities, and sun exposure during this timeframe.
It is not uncommon to experience itching, warmth, or redness at the injection site for a few days. Often, these temporary side effects can be managed by taking acetaminophen and elevating your legs. Of course, our team will provide you with specific recovery instructions to follow.
What To Expect From Your Asclera Treatment?
Sclerotherapy sessions using Asclera typically take 15 to 45 minutes. You will likely need multiple injections during one session, depending on the length of the vein and the number of veins you wish to treat. The polidocanol produces an anesthetic effect, making the treatment more comfortable than other sclerosing solutions.
After the injections, our staff will fit you with a compression garment and ask you to walk for 15-20 minutes. You should continue to wear the compression garment after you leave our practice.
The time period that you need to wear compression stockings or support hose varies depending on the type of vein and the extent of the treatment. Compression improves your results and reduces the risk of side effects.
You will be given additional post-treatment instructions to follow for a few days that include:
- Taking daily 15-20 minutes walks
- Avoiding heavy exercise
- Avoiding sunbathing
- Avoiding saunas and hot baths
- Avoiding long plane flights
Asclera Vein Treatment Results
Treated veins will gradually fade away after Asclera injections. As the veins disappear, your skin will become more even.
Some patients see an improvement after one session, while others need multiple appointments to obtain the desired result. Often, the most dramatic results are visible anywhere from a few weeks to several months after your final treatment.
Keep in mind that individual results may vary. Factors such as the severity of your veins, your skin tone, and the number of treatments you receive can impact your outcome. Our staff will discuss what results you may be able to expect and estimate the number of sessions you may need.
Will I Ever Need Sclerotherapy Again in the Future?
Sclerotherapy is so effective that many patients will never need retreatment once their desired results have been achieved, which could take several appointments. However, you may decide to undergo additional sclerotherapy if any new blood vessels form around the injection site. This response to venous treatments is something that is commonly referred to as venous matting.
Keep in mind that it is unlikely for a spider or varicose vein to recur after it has been completely resolved. Our team will gladly provide more information about the longevity that you can expect from your sclerotherapy results. We want you to love the look of your legs for a very long time!
Schedule Your Asclera Vein Treatment In Lone Tree
You don’t have to live with unwanted visible veins on your legs. Call 303.662.8668 to schedule a consultation to discuss sclerotherapy using Asclera. At Park Meadows Aesthetics, we happily welcome patients from Denver, Lone Tree, and across Colorado.