Varicose veins can pose medical and cosmetic concerns for up to 25% of women and 15% of men. They develop when the valves normally responsible for preventing backflow in veins become weakened, or the walls of the veins enlarge. These veins then twist and swell in an attempt to accommodate extra blood, appearing as dark purple or blue lines and/or bulges beneath the skin. Some people also experience pain, aching, or burning, especially at night.
Asclera is an FDA-approved therapy specifically designed to treat this unsightly and sometimes painful condition. With a pinpoint injection of a chemical called Polidocanol, Dr. Rokhsar targets problematic veins, dissolving their inner lining. This causes the vessel walls to adhere to one another, closing the space and prompting the body to eventually reabsorb the vein.
What is treatment like? Prior to the procedure, a numbing cream will be applied to the area. Treatment then consists of a series of injections into target veins, taking around half an hour. Asclera also has anesthetic properties, making the procedure comfortable for most patients. Patients can typically return to their schedule within half an hour after treatment is completed.
How many treatments will I need? Because varicose veins often cover large areas, patients often need 2-3 treatment sessions, with the possibility of maintenance sessions every 1-5 years for new problem areas.
How long before I see results? Full results of Asclera treatments can be seen within the next few weeks, so treatment should ideally be planned about three months before the desired outcome is to be expected.
*Results may vary.
What are the side effects? Asclera has been used in Europe to treat spider and reticular veins in the legs for over 40 years, with over 5 million successful treatments. Side effects may include pain at the injection site, bruising or hematoma, and in rare cases a severe allergic reaction.
Am I a good candidate for Asclera? The typical Asclera patient has already tried traditional measures such as compression stockings, leg elevation exercises, and reducing prolonged standing. Though most men and women are good candidates for sclerotherapy, those with certain blood or thromboembolic vascular conditions, or those taking specific medications may not be suitable. Please be sure to discuss any current medical issues and medications with Dr. Rokhsar prior to treatment.