Whenever you think about the impact spider and varicose veins can have on your life, there is no need to panic. Even though they can be a nuisance, they can be removed. Even if your lifestyle does not allow for a period of downtime for recovery, you can have those unwanted veins removed once and for all. There are treatments available that allow you to return to your normal schedule as soon as the procedure is finished. One such method is sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy is a tried and proven method that has been in use for many years for the removal of spider and varicose veins. It is done by injecting a special solution into the veins that are selected for removal. The solution irritates the vessel walls and thickens the blood in the vein. This safely destroys the vein and makes it turn into a type of scar tissue. The tissue then begins to be absorbed by the body. It will gradually disappear from view.
Veins that can be easily seen through the skin are likely to be treated by visual sclerotherapy. This is when the vein specialist does not need any equipment to help locate the vein. In those cases, when the vessel is harder to locate, we may use ultrasound as an aid in finding the vein. When this is done, we can see an image on a computer screen. This helps in making sure the procedure is administered with more precision. Ultrasound may be used in future appointments to confirm that the treated vein was effectively closed.
The solution used for sclerotherapy is usually in liquid form when spider veins and smaller varicose veins are being removed. For larger varicose veins, a foam solution may be injected. Foam will spread out over a larger area than will liquid.
After the procedure, you may be asked to wear compression stockings for a set amount of time in order to maintain compression on the veins. You should also avoid strenuous exercise or direct exposure to the sun during this time. Otherwise, you should be able to resume your normal activities. In fact, walking immediately following the treatment is encouraged. This will reduce the risk of blood clot formation.
If you are dealing with unwanted spider and/or varicose veins, set up a time to visit Fox Vein & Laser Experts to see if sclerotherapy is right for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Pembroke Pines or Hollywood.