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FDA approves new treatment for spider veins

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It's a new solution to those unsightly spider veins, just in time for bathing suit season.

A treatment, long used by the Europeans, is now FDA approved.  It's a chemical called Asclera.

It destroys the linings of the cells.  Dermatologists say it's much more advanced than the old saline treatments.

"It's a different chemical compound that seems to be better at irritating these veins and helping them sclerose down, or shrink down. At the same time, it seems to be having fewer side effects. People aren't having as many complications from the procedure," Dr. Ken Aftergut said.

Asclera is only for spider veins, not varicose veins.  Each treatment is roughly $400 and patients have to wear compression tights for a month after each treatment.

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