We all hate them… those stubborn spider veins that appear on the backs of our legs and knees! For years, women have tried laser treatments, injections, compression stockings, even surgery to get rid of these veins, but many of these treatments are time consuming, painful, and have variable results.
Enter Asclera! A recently-approved injectible treatment for spider veins and small varicose veins, that’s nearly pain-free, inexpensive, and effective!
Keep Reading to find out more about Sclerotherapy for spider veins, and to see Before & After Photos!
What is Asclera?
Asclera is a sclerosing agent (the chemical name is Polidocanol), which is injected into spider veins to seal off the veins themselves. Over a couple of weeks, the collapsed veins slowly disappear.
Does Asclera treat all veins?
No. Asclera has only been approved for treatment of spider veins (<1mm in size) and reticular veins (1-3mm in size). It has not been approved to treat large, twisted varicose veins (>3mm in size).
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects of Asclera are a slight burning sensation and/or itching at the injection site, but this usually only lasts for about 15-20 minutes, if it happens at all. Although it is incredibly rare, it is possible for certain skin types to have more pronounced allergic reactions with more intense itching or hives at the injection sites. Overall, the treatments are very safe and very comfortable.
Any special instructions after the treatment?
Yes. You should plan on walking for about 10-15 minutes after the procedure, and on wearing a compression stocking for 2-3 weeks. It is also important to avoid heavy exercise, sunbathing, saunas/hot baths, and long plane flights for at least 3 days following treatment.
How much does it cost?
The cost of Asclera is relatively inexpensive (especially when compared to some of the other available treatments like lasers). The cost of each treatment is usually $500-750, but talk with your healthcare provider because the price varies depending on how many areas need to be treated (and how many treatments you will need).
How many treatments does it take?
It depends on the person, but usually one to two treatments will do the trick. It takes about 4-6 weeks for all the treated veins to disappear, so most practitioners will ask you to follow up after that amount of time to see if a “touch up” injection is necessary. In most cases, it’s not. If you have a lot of veins, you might need a series of treatments because there is a maximum amount of Asclera that can be injected in one sitting.
What do the results look like?
If you have any other questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation for spider vein treatments, go to www.ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com or give us a call at 917-703-7069.
Shea Slaymaker, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Beauty Expert
Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery