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Asclera (polidocanol)

Asclera is an injectable solution used in sclerotherapy—a common vein removal procedure used since the mid-1800s.

Asclera (Polidocanol) Side Effects

Potential side effects include leakage, bruising, itching, irritation, warmth, and discoloration at the injection site.

Hematoma is also a possible reaction, which is the collection of blood that occurs when a blood vessel is damaged.

A rare, but possible, side effect is the formation of a small ulcer due to fluid leakage. These burn-like marks heal on their own, though they can leave scars behind.

Who shouldn't use it: Individuals with known allergies to polidocanol cannot be treated with Asclera.

Asclera may also be unsafe for individuals with blood clotting conditions, and women who are pregnant or nursing.

Drawbacks: The results of Asclera are not immediate, and some patients require more than one treatment before all of the veins disappear.

Recovery Time For Asclera (Polidocanol)

None, though the treatment site may feel stiff or sore for the first 24 to 48 hours after treatment.

After care for Asclera (polidocanol): Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory agents for the first 48 hours after Asclera injections.

Maintain pressure on the treatment site using a compression garment for two to three days after the injections. Reticular veins (larger than one millimeter) should be compressed for five to seven days, or as instructed by your physician.

For two to three days after the procedure, strenuous exercise, sun tanning, excess heat (like a bath or sauna), and long plane flights should be avoided.

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