Asclera – you’re so “vein”

Many women and men suffer from some type of vein problem. The two most common types of veins are varicose and spider veins. Varicose veins are typically enlarged that can be red, blue and even green. Sometimes these veins can be raised over the surface of the skin. Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins. Those types of veins can appear to look like a “spider webs.” The larger varicose veins feed the smaller veins. Here are some factors that can cause varicose and spider veins: Genetics, age, weak valves, hormonal changes, obesity, lack of movement, etc.

Varicose veins and spider veins are normally not a health risk but it’s not something you want to see on your body either. I suffer from veins on my legs and have researched several different ways to eliminate them. I came across Sclerotherapy, which is an injection through a fine needle into the vein. There are a few different options as far as the solution used in the procedure. The two different solutions I researched were hypertonic saline and Asclera (polidocanal). Although both solutions have shown to work, Asclera is a less painful method. Hypertonic saline has more of a stinging sensation than Asclera.

I recently had the Asclera injections done to eliminate the unwanted spider veins on my legs. I am required to wear compression stockings (20-30 mm) for the first 72 hours after treatment; I am on day 2. I have some bruising and have had some stinging sensations, nothing major. I was informed that around day 5 I would look like someone popped me on my legs with a switch (yikes). The healing time is about 4 weeks. In that time, the veins are supposed to gradually improve in appearance. I already see some improvements. So far, so good. I will keep updates active on my progress. 🙂

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