Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment for unsightly varicose veins and spider veins. It is usually performed by doctors, and can be done in an outpatient setting. There are many ways to get rid of varicose veins and spider veins, but sclerotherapy treatment is the leading approach since it’s highly available and can be done fast that has instant results. Know if sclerotherapy treatment is the right treatment for your veins by reading on this post.
What is Sclerotherapy treatment?
Sclerotherapy is the most common treatment approach for thread veins. Because this procedure is minimally invasive, the client is allowed to go home right after the treatment. This procedure involves injection of a solution into the veins, which scars and closes the veins. In a few weeks, the veins will eventually fade.
This procedure involves injecting a drug (generally a salt solution) into the affected veins. The solution causes the lining of the vessels to become irritated, causing it to collapse, stick together, and the blood to clot. Over time, the vessel shrinks, which fades from sight.
What to do before the treatment?
There are a few factors that confirm if the patient is allowed to have scleroptherapy. If the patient is pregnant, she’s not allowed to have this treatment. If the patient had blood clot in the past, the attending doctor will decide if they can have the treatment.
The patient who will undergo this treatment is not allowed to take particular medications prior to sclerotherapy. A few OTC drugs, herbs or supplements must be stopped on of the treatment, so it’s important to talk to your doctor before the procedure about the medications that you take.
Why Spider Veins Happen
Excessive alcohol consumption can negatively affect blood circulation in the body, resulting in thread veins.
Pregnancy may cause increased pressure on venoules, which can result in enlarged veins.
As people age, the veins may start to become weaker, which causes problem in blood circulation.
People who are frequently standing or sitting for long hours may develop thread veins. Inadequate exercise also prevents good blood circulation, which can cause increased pressure in the leg veins, resulting to larger veins.
Habitual or frequent use of drugs with corticosteroid many thin out and weaken the skin.
Scleroderma is a chronic disease of the connective tissues, which can harden and contract the skin, resulting in formation of thread veins.
Dermatomyositis is a rare inflammatory disease that may include skin rash, muscle weakness or inflamed muscles. With inflamed skin and muscle tissues, thread veins can develop.
Why Varicose Veins Happen
Not enough exercise
Not enough exercise can cause varicose veins to form. Workout can improve blood circulation, which helps the veins work properly and keeps it healthy.
Gaining weight can cause an increased pressure on the legs.
Standing or sitting for long hours
Make sure not to sit or stand for a long time, as it can put pressure in the legs and veins.
Elevate your legs every time you get a chance such as, as soon as you get home or during your break. It reduces the weight and pressure on the legs, preventing varicose vein formation.
Wearing clothes that are too tight
Wearing leggings, jeans, or any clothing that is too tight-fitting around the waist, groin or legs can cause the vein to malfunction leading to varicose veins.
Other treatments for veins
Laser surgeries - Laser devices can also be used to treat thread veins. The laser sends strong bursts of light into the vein, which makes the veins fade and disappear. This is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require any incision or use of injection.
Ambulatory phlebectomy - This procedure is performed for clients with small veins. It involves removing the veins through a series of tiny skin punctures. Ambulatory phlebectomy is an outpatient procedure, where only some parts of the leg that are punctured are numbed.
Catheter-assisted procedures - Thread veins can also be treated using catheter-assisted procedures in combination with radiofrequency or laser energy. The procedure begins with the doctor inserting a catheter into the veins, where the tip of the catheter is heated using either radiofrequency or laser energy. As the catheter is pulled out, the veins collapse and sealed shut by heat. This approach is usually performed for larger veins.
Veinwave - Veinwave is a fast and painless treatment option for thread veins. It does cause redness on the nose, but the redness shortly fades few hours after the procedure. Dr. Newman’s Clinics are the only provider of this treatment. The clinic had already received 2000 patients who had undergone Veinwave, and which about 2/3 had tried other nose vein removal options, but failed to achieve good results.
Foam Sclerotherapy - Foam Sclerotherapy is applied to larger veins. A foam solution is injected into the veins, which closes and seals it.
Endoscopic vein surgery - This operation is the last option if all else fail for treatment of the varicose veins. Endoscopic vein surgery is performed for clients with advanced case that involves leg ulcer. In this procedure, the doctor inserts a miniscule video camera into the legs to be able to see the veins when closing and removing it. The veins are removed through small incisions. Despite its intricate procedure, this treatment can be done on an outpatient basis.
High ligation and vein stripping - In this procedure, the veins are tied off before it joins a deep vein. The vein is then removed through small incisions. This approach is typically performed for clients who have severe varicose veins. However, for most people, it’s an outpatient surgery, as it doesn’t affect the circulation of blood in the legs.