If you’ve been too shy to wear shorts for the summer weather because of unsightly varicose veins, you may have better luck next year. The FDA has approved Asclera, an injectable treatment for swollen or twisted veins that are considered varicose.
Asclera is an injection that works by damaging blood vessels. Although that may sound counterproductive, Asclera actually causes veins to close and hence reduces the appearance of varicose or spider veins on the legs or other areas.
If you have minor varicose veins, Asclera may be right for you. The injection is approved to close spider veins and reticular veins (both smaller veins that are mostly an aesthetic issue) in the lower extremities of both men and women. Asclera is not right for people with serious medical conditions, people who are taking certain medications or people with more severe varicose veins. Pregnant women should also not receive Asclera injections.
Asclera is a simple outpatient procedure with no associated downtime. The Asclera injection itself has anesthetic properties, which can increase the patient’s comfort during the procedure. Before the patient receives injections, a physician applies a topical anesthetic. Depending on the site being treated and the number of veins, the treatment usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes.
Patients should see results after anywhere from one to three treatments, and improvement can appear in as little as a few days.
Although Asclera is a relatively straightforward procedure and recovery should be fairly simple, there are possible side effects. These include damaged blood vessels, or hematoma, at the sight of the injection, bruising, discoloration, leakage, blood pooling at the injection sight, or pain. Some patients may have an allergic reaction to Asclera. Side effects are usually minor and should subside on their own, but you should be careful to monitor your condition if you experience any adverse effects after receiving Asclera.
Learn More About Asclera
Learn more by going to the Asclera Channel on Makemeheal.com.
You can visit the www.asclera.com for more information Asclera’s availability and cost.