Going to the gym, hitting your spin class, and wearing leg-revealing clothing was never an issue for you — until a web of veins developed on your once-smooth legs. Unfortunately, once a varicose vein or spider vein appears, it’s there for good, unless you seek treatment.
But if you think treating these veins is a challenge, think again. Thanks to Aclera®, you’re just a few injections away from blemish-free legs again.
At the Vein Institute here at Upper East Side Cardiology, Dr. Satjit Bhusri and the team pride ourselves on offering hassle-free and highly effective solutions for varicose and spider veins. As part of our extensive arsenal, we offer Asclera. Here’s a closer look at how this effective treatment works.
Behind those pesky veins
It might be of some comfort to know that you’re not alone if you have varicose veins — they affect up to 35% of people in the United States.
The veins in your legs are outfitted with tiny, one-way valves that help push blood back up to your heart and lungs for oxygen. These valves, along with your calf muscles, help your blood to make the long trip upward, fighting gravity along the way.
If these valves weaken or fail, blood can pool, engorging the vein and forcing it toward the surface of your skin, creating a varicose vein.
Spider veins are even more common than varicose veins and develop in half of women, though men are far from immune. Despite their name, spider veins are actually broken and damaged capillaries or other blood vessels that connect your circulatory system. Sun exposure, trauma, and hormone changes are most often responsible for the appearance of spider veins.
The good news for both varicose and spider veins is that they usually pose only cosmetic concerns.
Erasing the lines
If you have uncomplicated spider or varicose veins, and the varicose veins are less than three millimeters in diameter, we generally recommend Asclera. The key ingredient in Asclera is polidocanol, which is a powerful sclerosing agent.
When we inject Asclera into your varicose or spider vein, the polidocanol causes the blood vessel to seal up. Once it seals, your body naturally processes the blood vessel and absorbs it, leaving behind smooth, blemish-free skin in its wake.
If you’re worried that closing down a blood vessel will affect your circulation, have no fear. Varicose and spider veins form in superficial blood vessels toward the surface of your skin, while 90% of the real work is accomplished by veins deeper inside your legs. If there was any blood flow through the treated vein, your blood will reroute through healthier vessels deeper under the surface of your skin.
If you’d like to learn more about quick-and-easy Asclera treatments, we ask that you contact our New York City office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to set up an appointment. You can also call (212) 752-3464.