Spider and varicose veins are common issues that can have a significant impact on the look of your skin. If you suffer from small and uncomplicated spider or varicose veins, then your dermatologist may recommend treatment with Asclera®. The following are answers to common patient questions about this type of injection.
What is Asclera®?
Asclera® Injection is a medication that’s used in sclerotherapy procedures. It is a prescription medication that must be administered by a dermatologist or healthcare provider. Asclera® can be used to address spider veins ≤ 1 mm in diameter and varicose veins 1 to 3 mm in diameter.
How does it work?
Asclera® is a sclerosing agent that works by damaging the lining of cells inside blood vessels. When injected into the problematic vein, Asclera® causes cellular debris and platelets to attach to the lining of the blood vessels and lead to a clot. This clotted vein is eventually replaced with tissue.
How long does it take?
When you visit your dermatologist office for sclerotherapy, you can expect the session to last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes. After your procedure, you should continuously wear support hose or compression stockings for 2 to 3 days, and then for 2 to 3 weeks during the day. In some cases, more than 1 treatment session is needed. Sessions should be spaced at least 1 week apart.
What should I avoid doing after my treatment?
Following your sclerotherapy procedure with Asclera®, you should avoid saunas, hot baths, long flights, heavy exercise, and sunbathing for 2 or 3 days. Speak with your healthcare provider about any activities that you are unsure about.
Is Asclera® right for me?
You should not be treated with Asclera® if you are pregnant or nursing. Also, individuals who have a known allergy to polidocanol or an acute blood clotting or vein disease should not be treated with Asclera®.
Arlington Dermatology offers a broad range of cosmetic dermatology procedures to help your skin looks its best. To learn more about Asclera® or make your appointment with a dermatologist in Arlington Heights, please call 847-392-5440.