Heredity is the primary causes of unsightly and often painful varicose and spider veins. Other contributing factors include pregnancy, birth control pills, obesity and standing for long periods of time. As we age, more visible leg veins frequently emerge and our existing veins become increasingly noticeable. Sclerotherapy is a simple solution to this problem which includes a sclerosing solution and a cosmetic procedure.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy was developed over 75 years ago and is at present one of the most prevalent treatments for spider and varicose veins. During treatment, a sclerosing agent is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. Upon injection, the solution irritates the vessel walls. The body then starts a natural healing process and the vein begins to fade and eventually disappear. The treatment can last from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the number of veins treated in a particular session.
What results will I see?
Gradual improvement will be noticed. Many patients experience 60% to 80% of the treated vessels resolved. During the consultation, you will be advised as to the number of treatments necessary to achieve the desired results.
What are the side effects?
In most cases, you will be able to resume regular activities immediately. However, excessive standing or vigorous activities are not advised for 24 to 48 hours. Following treatment, the affected veins may darken and the area may appear bruised. Support hose or a snug wrapping are applied directly after the treatment and is removed just before bed. This application of pressure will help reduce side effects and aid in more effective healing and treatment. After the treatment of larger vessels, the affected area may appear pigmented but this is temporary and will fade over time.
Who is a candidate?
Dr. Robinson will determine if you are a candidate. During your consultation, a review of your medical history will ascertain the cause and severity of your condition. Depending on the types of veins, a combination of different treatment modalities may be suggested.
How many treatments will it take?
Several treatments may be required to achieve the optimum result. In some cases as few as 2 or 3 treatments will fulfill the desired outcome.
What is treatment like?
The vessels in question will be examined and reviewed with you by Dr. Robinson. A treatment strategy will then be decided upon to eradicate these veins. You may be asked to stand while the problem veins are marked and photographed. The sclerosing agent will then be injected into the targeted veins. Discomfort is minimal and no anesthesia is required. You may be asked to wear support hose or a supportive wrap for a short period of time following treatment. This precautionary post-treatment measure will apply compression to the treated vessels to prevent recurrence.