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New Varicose Veins Treatment Approved by FDA

FDA Approves New Varicose Vein Treatment

Whether they're caused by age, genetics, or frequent standing, let's face it; no matter how much we wish they'd go away for bikini season, varicose veins happen. While mostly prevalent in the more mature crowd, they can affect people of all ages and can range from barely there spider veins to ones that are large, protruding, and painful. While the latter can involve both sclerotherapy (injections made by doctors to collapse vein walls) along with more invasive treatments, smaller veins often just require sclerotherapy.

Enter Asclera. Thanks to a recent FDA approval of this injectable drug, there's another minimally invasive treatment option available come next month. Asclera, aka polidocanol, has been used successfully in Europe for years and is lauded for its impressive safety record. The drug, which is approved to treat the tiniest of spider veins up to bulging veins of three millimeters, has also been known to have fewer side effects, like temporary discoloration, ulceration, or open sores.

Veins, which can be quite painful in some circumstances, are typically more of a cosmetic problem than anything else. Have you ever had treatments done for veins before, and if not, would you consider having something done? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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xmasdaisy xmasdaisy 6 years
I'm in my mid 30s and have two children. I got ugly surface spider veins while pregnant with my first and actually got some true varicose veins while pregnant with my second. I've had injections for the surface veins with a sclerosant called sotradecol. It works, but makes me super itchy for a couple of days after, so it would be nice to have something else to try. The injections do not hurt, it is a tiny needle and it is so nice to get rid of those spider veins (anyone with any sort of vanity that has had electrolysis, waxing, etc can handle it). I've also had a laser treatment on a larger varicose vein (they use a needle to insert the laser fiber into the vein and zap it). Topical anesthetics are used, so there really isn't much discomfort. The only semi-inconvenient thing about it is you need to wear compression stockings after the treatments, so I wouldn't have this done in the middle of summer. Anyway, nice to have another option.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I've never had them, but if I got some I would totally get them zapped. They gross me out.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
I've been thinking about it, glad to hear there is something news.
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