Say Goodbye to Unsightly Veins with Sclerotherapy
You may be the victim of several unsightly veins in your legs. These are varicose veins and spider or thread veins that appear blue or purple on the surface of your skin. These veins may cause you embarrassment and dictate how you dress when you do not want them to show. There is good news for you. Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive treatment that can completely remove both varicose and spider veins, leaving your legs smooth and clear again.
Sclerotherapy treatment involves a tiny injection directly into the affected vein. A salt solution is the most common substance injected, but there are other chemicals that can be used. During your consultation with our specialist, you will provide information about your allergies and any medications you are taking. The specialist will determine the correct solution to inject. The choice of the chemical will also depend on the size of the vein to be treated.
The injected solution will affect the inside wall of the vein. This will cause it to break down and fuse together. Gradually, the body will absorb the vein and it will disappear in about a month. The blood will travel to the heart through other veins that are deeper inside the leg.
Varicose veins occur when the tiny valves inside the veins that help push the blood back to the heart become weak. When the blood does not move, it begins to pool in the vein, causing it to bulge and twist. This gradually builds up pressure that may cause spider veins in the area. Spider veins can also be caused by an injury or too much sun. When the condition becomes serious, a blood clot may form in the vein.
The main causes of varicose veins are:
• Obesity – Extra weight puts pressure on the legs and makes it more difficult for the heart to pump the blood up the leg.
• Heredity – If a parent has varicose veins, there is a good chance their child will also develop them.
• Long periods of standing or sitting – Standing for long periods puts a lot of strain on the veins trying to get the blood back to the heart. Long periods of sitting can stop or slow general circulation, including through the veins in the legs.
• Hormonal changes – Pregnancy and menopause are both times when the risk of developing varicose and spider veins is higher.
While varicose and spider veins may not be dangerous to your health, if they are left untreated, more serious conditions of venous insufficiency can develop. These include ulcers on the legs and ankles, discoloration of the skin near the veins, aches and pains in the legs and regular muscle cramps. When sclerotherapy has removed the affected vein, the symptom of venous insufficiency may improve.
During a consultation with our specialist at Simplicity Medspa in Shoreline, you may undergo several tests so that our doctor can see how your blood is flowing. You can discuss sclerotherapy treatment and your expectations. You can learn more about how sclerotherapy can help you to have smooth legs again. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.