During the summer months, wearing shorts and skirts is normal. For people who have varicose or spider veins, wearing these leg-baring garments can be embarrassing. The good news is there are several treatments to eliminate spider and varicose veins revealing smooth, even skin tone and allowing patients to enjoy life without worrying about revealing their legs.
Sclerotherapy is one of those treatments. It has been an actively used treatment for over a century and is one of the most effective non-surgical treatments to treat various vein conditions or malformations. The procedure involves the injection of a sclerosant solution that dries out the lining of the blood vessels and causes them to collapse. The body then naturally clears the damaged vein from the body over the next few weeks. For bigger veins, sclerotherapy is used in conjunction with ultrasonographic technology, which the doctor uses to map the veins and precisely monitor injection sites. For some more serious cases, there may need to be multiple therapies administered together to achieve the desired results. This would involve the use of laser technology in combination with sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is ideal for healthy patients who don’t have any cardiovascular or blood-related conditions because blood-thinning medications can cause serious risks, as can obesity. With this treatment, it is important to seek the advice of your doctor to decipher if you are fit to undergo this procedure.
After Sclerotherapy, you can return to your daily life, but exercise or excessive standing need to be avoided for at least one week following your treatment. The treatment areas will be red and swollen and there will be some bruising underneath the treated veins, but this will also clear up within a week or two.
The final results of sclerotherapy will not be immediate. The treated veins begin to disappear over the course of the next few weeks to months — every patient varies. Every sclerotherapy treatment should eliminate an average of 80% of the veins treated. If you have spider or varicose veins and would like to find out more about sclerotherapy, call Kwan Dermatology to schedule a consultation.