Spider veins and varicose veins affect nearly half of all adults today – approximately 80 million Americans! With statistics like these, it makes perfect sense that there is a growing demand for safe, trustworthy and minimally invasive procedures that can treat these common conditions. Spider veins and varicose veins are not always painful or dangerous, but even minor cases of these unsightly conditions can lead to self-consciousness.
One of the most common, safe, and trusted treatment methods to address spider veins and varicose veins is called “sclerotherapy” (pronounced “sk-lair-oh-therapy”). This treatment can actually collapse the affected blood vessels, leaving the affected area looking clear and smooth once more.
Is Collapsing Blood Vessels Dangerous?
Collapsing blood vessels is not dangerous as long as the treatment is done by a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon who is skilled in the art of sclerotherapy treatment. Treating tiny, fine vessels requires a steady hand and a keen eye, which is why your choice of plastic surgeon is so critical to your treatment success!
What Causes Spider Veins & Varicose Veins?
Heredity, pregnancy, fluctuating weight, a sedentary lifestyle or job, hormonal fluctuations, menopause, trauma and the natural process of aging can all give rise to spider veins or varicose veins. Both vein conditions most commonly appear in the legs.
While the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins does not always cause physical discomfort, this is a common reason why patients may seek treatment. If you are suffering with localized swelling, burning, aching, cramping or general discomfort in the area of the affected veins, it is important to know there is treatment available!
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that can swiftly and safely collapse the blood vessels affected by spider veins or varicose veins. You may wonder why collapsing the veins is important in treating vein conditions.
Once the veins have been collapsed and the blood leaves the vein, the vein itself will cease to be visible through the skin, restoring the area to a clear, smooth appearance.
Sclerotherapy is not the only treatment for spider veins or varicose veins, but it is the most minimally invasive and also offers the most rapid recovery time.
How Does Sclerotherapy Treatment Work?
During sclerotherapy treatment, you will introduced to sclerosing (collapsing) solutions into the affected vein(s) via injection. This solution will cause the vein walls to collapse inward and begin to fade.
Each affected vein will be individually treated with the sclerosing solution via injection with a very fine needle.
The treatments usually take only a brief period of time (15 to 45 minutes is typical), although more than one treatment may be recommended. Every effort will be made to ensure you are completely comfortable during your treatment session(s).
Who Is a Good Candidate for Collapsing Blood Vessel Treatment?
Most people are good candidates for collapsing blood vessel treatment. If you are in general in good health and at or near your ideal body weight, you will likely be a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
If you plan to become pregnant again in the future, have just started a major weight loss program, are recovering from a major illness or surgical procedure or are still breastfeeding, postponing your sclerotherapy treatment may be recommend to ensure the best possible results.
How to Schedule a Sclerotherapy Treatment?
The first step to scheduling your sclerotherapy treatment is to schedule your initial consultation with a surgeon. During this initial one-on-one consultation, your surgeon will review your personal and family medical history, do an exam of the affected area, take photographs and answer your questions.
During your consultation, you should be outlined the recommended course of treatment, explain what to expect on the day of your treatment and during your recovery period and review financial options.
How to Prepare for a Sclerotherapy Session
If you are taking any anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin or supplements that are known to potentially increase bleeding, you may need to stop taking those for a period of time prior to your sclerotherapy procedure.
Try to get a good night’s rest the day before your procedure so you will be relaxed. Bring someone with you who can drive you home and stay with you for the first evening to help with anything you may need.
What Is Recovery from Sclerotherapy Like?
It is normal to feel some temporary discomfort for the first day or few after your treatment. You will be given special support stockings to wear to protect the affected area during healing. There may be some initial swelling, bruising or discoloration. But you will be able to walk around right away and you will be encouraged to do so.
When Will Results Be Visible?
Within one month, you will begin to see visible fading in the treatment area. Within two months, you will be able to enjoy the full results of your sclerotherapy treatment.
Learn More About RENU Artful Medicine
A number of different factors can lead to the development of either vein condition. If you are looking to improve the appearance of varicose and spider veins, Dr. Philip Schoenfeld of RENU Artful Medicine is your best bet. Dr. Schoenfeld is a well-respected plastic surgeon and highly experienced in performing sclerotherapy procedures in Washington DC.To learn more and schedule your initial consultation, visit www.renudc.com.