Asclera® (polidocanol) is a prescription medicine used as part of a procedure called sclerotherapy, a non-invasive technique to treat unsightly leg veins. Sclerotherapy is an easy, painless treatment that can reduce the appearance of leg veins in two to five treatments, with none of the pain or cramping of older techniques. If you are in New York and want to reduce the appearance of your leg veins, you can contact Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank for a consultation today.
Types of Leg Veins that Commonly Affect People:
Spider veins are a clustered pattern of thin visible veins, and they are most common in women, especially those between thirty and fifty years of age. Although spider veins are generally harmless, they can cause occasional swelling or cramps, and be an unsightly distraction from otherwise clear, healthy-looking skin.
Reticular veins, or feeder veins, are blue or green veins just beneath the surface of the skin, and are caused by increased blood pressure which may be a sign of risk.
Varicose veins are large veins, usually blue or purple, that bulge outward due to increased blood pressure in certain parts of veins, most commonly in the legs and pelvic area. Varicose veins occur when blood circulation slows down beyond a healthy rate, and the effect can cause pain or general discomfort.
All of these types of veins can appear for a number of reasons, such as age, heredity, or hormonal imbalances. They are also more likely to appear in people with extra weight on their body (especially pregnant women), or people whose legs see very little activity on a regular basis.
How Asclera Works
Asclera® treats leg veins by affecting the engorged blood vessels directly, so blood platelets can attach to the vessel and eventually cause it to clot. Over time, the clotted blood vessel will be replaced by healthy tissue, and the healthy veins will no longer be visible from the outside.
Sclerotherapy with Asclera
Sclerotherapy is an outpatient procedure that involves injecting the Asclera® with a fine needle, and should only be administered by a licensed professional.
Sclerotherapy is a nearly painless procedure, and usually does not require any downtime for recovery.
Sclerotherapy is not recommended for patients with a blood clot disorder, and may not be appropriate for patients with certain allergies, or patients taking other medications.
If any of these may apply to you, please let Dr. Frank know prior to your procedure.
How Effective is Asclera
Asclera® treats veins less than three millimeters in diameter, and will have minimal effect on veins that are significantly larger.
Smaller veins generally respond in three to six weeks, while larger varicose veins can take several months, as the body goes through its natural healing process.
For larger varicose veins, other sclerotherapy methods or laser treatment may be more effective options. Asclera® treatments often begin showing results in as few as one treatment, though it is common to require two to five treatments for complete results.