The enlargement off veins, called spider veins or varicose veins, is a problem faced by many people. Women are more likely to develop varicose veins, and this circulatory issue can occur during pregnancy as well as as a person ages. A couple more factors are family history, obesity, and standing or sitting for long periods of time.
With lots of advancements in medical cosmetic technology there are many options for treating the varicose veins. Sclerotherapy vein treatment and laser vein therapy are the two popular, very effective vein treatment options available today. Many people worldwide have already benefited through the use of sclerotherapy by eliminating the risks involved in getting the conventional vein treatment.
What are some of the symptoms that necessitate this type of procedure? This post from Mayo Clinic explains more about this treatment for varicose veins:
Sclerotherapy is often done for:
Cosmetic purposes — to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins
The procedure also can improve related symptoms such as:
- Night cramps
If you’re pregnant or breast-feeding, doctors recommend waiting to have sclerotherapy done.
Read more here: Why it’s done – Sclerotherapy – Mayo Clinic
Sclerotherapy is used to treat varicose veins and venous malformations. The process involves injecting a solution directly into the vein. This solution causes the vein to dry up, forcing blood to reroute through healthier veins. Eventually, the collapsed vein is reabsorbed into your body and fades.
Other forms of treatment include: surgery, radiofrequency and laser ablation. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy enables the physician to deliver and monitor the injection with access to a visualization of the underlying vein. Best sclerotherapy practice is to first diagnose venous abnormalities with duplex ultrasound and then conduct sclerotherapy under ultrasound guidance.
This video shows the immediate effects of sclerotherapy treatment. Amazing how the veins literally disappear:
As with all surgeries, there are some risks for sclerotherapy as stated in this post from MedicineNet.com:
What are risks, side effects, and complications of sclerotherapy? – What is Sclerotherapy? Side Effects, Costs & Recovery
Sclerotherapy risks, side effects, and complications include hyperpigmentation, temporary swelling, capillary dilation (telangiectatic matting), pain from the injection, localized hives, tape compression blister, tape compression folliculitis, and recurrence, vasovagal reflex, localized hair growth (hirsutism), skin death (cutaneous necrosis), allergic reaction, superficial thrombophlebitis, arterial injection, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, nerve damage, and migraine headaches.
Recovery from Sclerotherapy:
When sclerotherapy is accurately administered, there should be no damage to the surrounding area skin. It is an outpatient treatment, so you should be able to go home the same day as the procedure. Patients should wear compression dressings for one to three weeks following the treatment and follow up with their doctor after a couple weeks to make sure any blood clots are cleared from the area.