It's tough to feel confident in shorts or a swimsuit when you have spider veins. But there is good news: Sclerotherapy can eliminate your spider veins and help you feel good about your legs again.
At Westport MediSpa, board-certified cosmetic and aesthetic medicine physician Dana Brownell, MD, specializes in nonsurgical cosmetic treatments to help you feel your most confident self. Dr. Brownell uses Asclera® sclerotherapy to permanently remove unsightly spider veins.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins refers to small, twisted blood vessels that can appear on the surface of the skin; usually the legs or face. These unsightly veins are often blue, red, or purple in color. Spider veins earned their name thanks to their weblike appearance.
Do spider veins cause symptoms?
Many people don't experience physical symptoms of spider veins. However, some people with spider veins may notice the following:
- Heavy aching legs
- Skin discoloration
- Itchiness around the veins
- Ankle swelling
- Leg cramping
- Burning or throbbing in the lower legs
Eliminating spider veins not only improves the appearance of your legs, but also relieves symptoms.
What is Asclera sclerotherapy?
Asclera is an FDA-approved injection used in a sclerotherapy procedure to address varicose veins. Asclera injections are performed similar to other sclerotherapy procedures. Dr. Brownell starts by injecting an anticoagulant in the targeted area. The anticoagulant prevents the blood from clotting in a vein and helps keep it open.
Next Dr. Brownell injects a small amount of medication into targeted spider veins, which causes the problem veins to collapse. The treated veins shrink and vanish as the body absorbs them. The body reroutes blood to healthy blood vessels, thus improving your vascular health and restoring the appearance of your legs.
Who is a good candidate for treatment?
Sclerotherapy is beneficial for patients who dislike the appearance of their legs and want to feel good in shorts or summer dresses. Sclerotherapy is designed to treat spider veins, which are smaller versions of varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, discuss treatment options with Dr. Brownell. Some patients have spider and varicose veins. Dr. Brownell may combine treatments to address both issues.
Asclera sclerotherapy is not appropriate if you:
- Are allergic to polidocanol
- Have a blood clotting disorder
- Are pregnant or nursing
Be sure to tell Dr. Brownell about any prescription and nonprescription medicines and supplements that you’re taking. Dr. Brownell will discuss whether sclerotherapy is right for you.
With the help of Asclera sclerotherapy you can say goodbye to spider veins and hello to smooth-looking legs. To get started, call our Westport, Connecticut, office to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Brownell. We offer individualized plans to meet your aesthetic goals.