Asclera: An Injectable Vein Removal Solution?
by Vanessa Day
The latest cosmetic procedure in the fight against spider and varicose veins has come to our shores after spending many years in Europe. Asclera™ was just approved by the Food and Drug Administration this year and is now being offered by numerous skincare doctors around the country. Asclera™, or Polidocanol, is the newest drug in a long line of sclerotherapy procedures currently used to remove unsightly veins. So what is so special about this European vein-removal treatment?
What is Asclera™?
Asclera™ is an injectable agent designed to treat uncomplicated spider veins (less than 1 mm in diameter) and varicose veins (ranging from 1 to 3 mm in diameter). The solution irritates the interior walls of the vein, dissolving the inner lining of the vessel. This, in turn, causes the walls to become sticky and constrict, eventually closing the vein completely so blood cannot enter. Without the blood rushing into the vein, swelling, bulging, discomfort, discoloration and pain associated with varicose and spider veins are effectively eliminated.
What Sets Asclera™ Apart?
While this new drug sounds similar to other vein removal treatments, it does have some advantages. First, it has an impressive track record that is difficult to ignore. Asclera™ has been used in Europe for over 40 years, and has been used in over five million treatments with a high success rate. Second, its anesthetic properties make it a more comfortable treatment option for patients, meaning it causes less pain and skin irritation than current procedures. Asclera™ has proven to be very effective, and patients have showed satisfaction with the overall procedure and results.
What is the Treatment and Recovery for Asclera™?
Asclera™ is a relatively quick vein removal procedure, lasting about 30 to 45 minutes. It takes about two to three sessions for patients to see full results, which begin to show about two weeks after the first treatment and continue to improve up to 12 weeks. Recovery is fast, and most patients can return to their normal routines in about a day or two. Some cases may require vein removal patients to wear a compression stocking to speed and aid the healing process.
How Much Does Asclera™ Cost?
Most sclerotherapy vein removal treatments cost anywhere between $300 and $400 per treatment area. Asclera™ is a little more expensive, running about $500 per session, but since it usually requires about three sessions at the most, patients can expect to spend around $1500. This price may fluctuate depending on the extent of a person’s condition or if more sessions are necessary to get the desired results.
Asclera™ Risks and Side Effects
As with any sclerotherapy vein removal procedure, there are some risks and side effects that patients should be aware of. It is important to note that Asclera™ has only been approved for the treatment of spider and small varicose veins—less than 3 millimeters in diameter—so it should not be used in people with larger veins. That being said, the side effects that have been observed with Asclera™ are generally mild and clear up quickly. These side effects include scarring, infection, bruising, irritation, discoloration and hematoma (blood pooling at the injection site.) Severe allergic reactions have occurred with Asclera™ but this tends to happen with larger doses or with people who have a preexisting condition, so it is important that the treatment be administered properly by a certified vein removal specialists and that all past medical history is discussed before having the procedure.
Am I a Candidate for Asclera™?
Anyone, male or female, suffering from painful, swollen spider or varicose veins is a good candidate for Asclera™. If you have certain blood conditions or vascular ailments, Asclera™ may not be right for you. Also, if you suffer from acute thromboembolic disease, you should look into other options to treat your spider or varicose veins. It is especially effective if you have smaller veins to treat. It is best to speak with a certified plastic surgeon or skincare specialist to find out if you qualify for this vein removal treatment. As mentioned, it is essential that your doctor know all your medical history so that serious risks can be avoided. By setting up a meeting with a trained surgeon, you will be able to determine if Asclera™ is the right choice for your specific case.
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