Our legs are made up of a network of veins that contain valves that open and close, which assists the return of blood back to the heart. Within the vein are a series of one-way valves that make blood flow in the direction of the heart. When a failure occurs causing the blood to flow backwards and pool, it stretches the wall of the veins making them look blue or bulging and can be extremely painful.
Over 80 million Americans suffer from symptoms related to unsightly, painful varicose and spider veins. Dr Good Offers these treatments for leg veins:
ASCLERA is a sclerosing injection for the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins ot the legs. Aslcera is an FDA approved liquid agent that is injected into two types of veins: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins. This procedure is called sclerotherapy and can be used for hand rejuvenation and to treat leg veins. The sclerosing agent is injected into the vein and then damages the cells that line the blood vessels. This leads to the blood vessel shrinking from the cellular debris and platelets. The unwanted vessel will die and be replaced with tissue, fading away from view. The sclerotherapy treatment can last from 15-45 minutes. After treatment, compression stockings will be applied and need to be worn for 5 to 7 days. Following treatment, patients should abstain from exercise, sunbathing, flying, or going in a hot bath or sauna for a recommended time period of 3-10 days depending on area treated. Sclerotherapy has a very high success rate and most patients are very satisfied with their results. Asclera has benefits over traditional hypertonic saline in that it can be used on not just spider veins (which are up to 1 mm) but also on larger reticular veins up to 3mm in thickness! Asclera is the first drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of spider veins in Over 40 years!
Each spider vein in the treatment area is injected with Asclera using a tiny needle. The injection is relatively painless and well-tolerated. During a half hour procedure, a large area can be covered. There may be mild bruising or temporary discoloration afterwards. Compression hose are worn after treatment to help compress the sites of injection.