October 8, 2015
What is Sclerotherapy?
Damaged veins can be an unsightly problem that causes people to avoid wearing certain types of clothing or going places where their legs or other areas of the body may be exposed. Sclerotherapy can help reduce the appearance of bulging or discolored veins, giving individuals more freedom and confidence as a result.
Do You Have Damaged Veins?
Varicose veins are raised areas that are visible on the surface of the skin, usually on the legs. Spider veins are smaller veins that produce a web-like pattern on the surface of the skin. These damaged veins are not only unsightly, but they can also cause:
– Cramping, especially at night
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure where chemicals are injected into veins to stop the supply of blood, allowing other adjacent blood vessels to take over the task of carrying blood to the area. In doing so, the veins are no longer under pressure, and they reduce in size and appearance. The sclerotherapy procedure is a relatively easy and inexpensive method for reducing problem veins.
How Sclerotherapy Is Performed
Sclerotherapy can be done in the doctor’s office and generally takes less than an hour. The patient lies on the table and the vein is injected with a chemical solution that irritates the lining of the vein, which responds by collapsing. Blood flow is stopped, which directs the flow of blood to other blood vessels. The patient may feel some stinging or cramping, which is generally mild. Several treatments may be required, depending on the size and number of problem veins. The patient can resume normal activities immediately after treatment.