Enjoy the Freedom to Show Your Legs with Asclera®
Most women feel the pressure to have picture-perfect legs for baring in shorts and skirts. Talk to any woman with spider veins on her legs, and she’ll probably tell you that they’re the misery of her existence. And if you’re one of the women who has them, you’re not alone: Close to 55 percent of women have some type of vein problem, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health.
You no longer need to hide or feel embarrass of showing your legs. Now it is easier than ever with Asclera® Injections. Asclera® (polidocanol) Injection is a prescription medicine that is used in a procedure called sclerotherapy to remove unwanted veins on your legs. Best of all it does not require anesthesia and you can return to your normal activities right after treatment. It is administered by a healthcare provider to treat two types of veins:
- Uncomplicated spider veins (very small varicose veins = 1 mm in diameter)
- Uncomplicated small varicose veins (1 to 3 mm in diameter) known as reticular veins
What is sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for both spider veins and varicose veins. The doctor uses a needle to inject a liquid chemical into the vein. The chemical causes the vein walls to swell, stick together, and seal shut. This stops the flow of blood, and the vein turns into scar tissue. In a few weeks, the vein should fade. The same vein may need to be treated more than once. Treatments are usually done every 4 to 6 weeks. You may be asked to wear gradient compression stockings after sclerotherapy to help with healing and decrease swelling.
Possible side effects include:
Stinging, red and raised patches of skin, or bruises where the injection was made. These usually go away shortly after treatment.
Spots, brown lines, or groups of fine red blood vessels around the treated vein. These also usually go away shortly after treatment.
Lumps of blood that get trapped in vein and cause inflammation. This is not dangerous. You can relieve swelling by applying heat and taking aspirin.
What causes varicose veins and spider veins?
Spider and reticular veins can be caused by many factors.
Heredity. Having a family member with prominent veins may increase the risk of you developing them. Approximately half of the people who get varicose veins have a family history of them.
Age. The normal wear and tear of aging may cause valves in the veins to weaken and not work as well.
Gender. Women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Up to half of American women have varicose veins. Changes in hormones due to puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills may increase a woman's risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the growth of the fetus increases the pressure on the veins in the legs. Varicose veins that occur during pregnancy usually improve within 3 to 12 months following delivery.
Overweight and obesity. Having extra weight on the body can put additional pressure on the veins.
Prolonged standing or sitting. This is particularly true with legs bent or crossed. When standing or sitting with legs bent or crossed, the veins have to work harder to pump the blood up to the heart.
Other possible causes for varicose veins are race, posture, occupation, hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, primary valvular incompetence, and incompetent perforating veins.