Review: Asclera for Varicose & Spider VeinsJanuary 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Body Care | 4 Comments
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Sitting in shorts last summer, I looked down and noticed “old lady legs!” What!? When did I get spider and varicose veins? And what can I do to make them go away? I researched solutions and learned about the latest medical treatment called Asclera, a form of sclerotherapy. Asclera’s active ingredient is much less painful than previous products, which caused intense stinging. Veins react to the injected solution and close over a series of weeks and treatments. BTW, laser treatments are also a popular method to close veins, however tan skin pigments can absorb too much laser light and cause scarring
I locate a dermatologist that offers Asclera, Dr. Schell at Ageless in Seattle ($250 per treatment). She specializes in anti-aging for the face and body and is quite wonderful and lovely! Asclera is injected with a small needle into my vein “trunks.” Like a tree, the solution travels into the branches connected to that vein. I lose count on the number of injections but am guessing 30 pokes. Some veins/leg areas are more painful than others. I grimace, clench my teeth and hold a squeeze ball tight. Immediately, veins swell and turn red, like welts. The severity goes away in a couple of hours, leaving redness and light bruising.
My legs are sore the rest of the day. Dr Schell directs me not to exercise and wear compression tights for two days (definitely not comfortable!).
The Next Week
After a couple of days, the soreness decreases to minimal, noticed only if an injection area is touched. For the next couple of weeks, there is visible “trauma” to the skin where the injections were made.
One Month Later
The injection areas have healed and I am sooo happy with the results, thus far! The veins are noticeably diminished — still there but much less so. I schedule the second treatment. It will take up to 3 treatments for the veins to fully close.
Stay tuned for the final results!