What You Need to Know about Sclerotherapy for Vein Disease
Spider veins and varicose veins are twisted veins that appear under the surface of your skin. Spider veins can be on your face, shoulders, neck, arms, and legs, or almost anywhere on your body. Varicose veins are most often on your lower legs.
While spider and varicose veins are not likely to go away on their own, they can be eliminated. Vascular surgeons can provide effective Florida vein treatment options, including sclerotherapy. Here are some key facts to know about sclerotherapy for vein disease.
Spider and varicose veins are forms of vein disease.
About 30 million Americans have varicose vein disease. You are more likely to get vein disease if you have a family history of it or if you have cardiovascular disease, including hardening of the arteries.
Vascular surgeons can help get rid of spider and varicose veins.
Spider and varicose veins can begin gradually, but may eventually become a nuisance. They can make you feel embarrassed to go outside in shorts, tank tops, and other revealing clothes for fear others may see your veins. Varicose veins can cause symptoms such as leg pain and swelling, itchy and burning sensations, and muscle fatigue. If you have these symptoms, you should consider making appointment with a Florida vein doctor.
Because of its relationship with serious conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, and strokes, it is important to get your spider veins examined at a vein clinic. This is true even if your symptoms are only cosmetic and not yet painful or causing other discomfort.
Sclerotherapy is an effective method for getting rid of spider and small varicose veins.
Home remedies may not work for getting rid of varicose veins, but sclerotherapy can get rid of spider and small varicose veins near the skin’s surface. The technique relies on the injection of a sclerosing solution into the spider or varicose vein. The solution causes the walls of the vein to collapse so blood can no longer pool there and cause the unappealing appearance. Sclerotherapy can be done without anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.
Ultrasound can improve the technique’s accuracy and effectiveness.
The success of sclerotherapy largely depends on the vascular surgeon’s ability to inject the sclerosing solution directly into the target vein to allow the vein walls to collapse. This is not always easy, since the veins are underneath the surface of the skin. Vascular surgeons can use ultrasound to help them visualize the veins so they can accurately choose the injection site and place the needle to administer the solution.
Sclerotherapy can be an effective treatment for spider veins and smaller varicose veins. It is less invasive than outdated procedures such as vein stripping, and you can see results quickly. Consult a Florida vein doctor for more information about getting rid of your spider veins.