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Have you noticed the recent development of varicose and/or spider veins in your legs lately? Or perhaps it isn’t a recent development and it’s been a condition you’ve been staring at for years now. In either event, there’s a dermatologic solution called Sclerotherapy that aids in the disappearance of these pesky entities. Sure, it may be true that, in large part, these veins are relatively harmless. Though they may be the cause of discomfort, and can certainly elevate a person’s anxiety level if they’re feeling a bit self-conscious about the affliction (which may actually have a negative impact on your blood pressure, which is a serious issue…)
Not sure what varicose or spider veins are? Here’s quick overview:
Varicose veins are abnormally or unusually enlarged or swollen veins protruding below skin – the protrusion of which is visible on the surface.
Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels seen near the surface of the skin typically appearing dark purple in color – they show as singular entities or sometimes in large mass.
What is Sclerotherapy?
In short, Sclerotherapy is a treatment process that is undertaken by injecting a saline-based solution directly into the vein. Upon injection, the solution goes to work, causing the unwanted vein or veins to scar, forcing the blood therein to reroute through healthier veins. The collapsed varicose and/or spider vein is reabsorbed into local tissue immediately surrounding the targeted vein, eventually leading it to fade away.
Sclerotherapy can help cure/improve such unwanted symptoms:
The treatment itself is relatively painless and often subjects you to little or no downtime. In fact, movement is imperative to a successful application to help prevent the formation of any blood clots. Most patients return to their daily routine functions the same day as the treatment, so it really is a pretty simple undertaking (though you should probably have someone do the driving for you post-op).
Upon receiving treatment, definitive results of eradicating the veins will take three to six weeks. Depending on the size and severity of the case, you could be looking at three to four months.
Other things to be aware of when caring for your treated veins after your appointment:
If you’re wondering what you can do about unwanted veins that may cause discomfort or have made themselves a visual compromise, we’re here to answer any questions you may have about Sclerotherapy, and/or to discuss the other options that will help you achieve a preferable outcome. Contact us today for a free consultation.