Varicose veins, reticular veins, and spider veins can be drastically reduced or eliminated with a simple office procedure called sclerotherapy. An office consultation is necessary prior to the treatment to discuss the course of treatment and to administer a test dose and Doppler to make sure that the patient is a viable candidate for the procedure. During treatment, a solution is injected into the vein that irritates the lining and harmlessly collapses the vessel. Varicose, Reticular, and Spider Veins can all be treated with the same procedure.
VARICOSE AND RETICULAR VEINS:
Varicose veins are normally raised, blue to gray in color and can become quite painful. This occurs due to the vein having an incompetent blood flow which slowly causes expansion of the vein. The pain can cause an actual throbbing, pulsing or burning sensation when standing or sitting for long periods of time. When these types of veins remain untreated, there is a greater risk of blood clots (phlebitis) or even the occurrence of ulcers in some people.
When spider veins appear on the legs it can be due to heredity factors, hormones and trauma and sitting or standing for long periods of time. Many times when spider veins appear on the legs, the underlying cause can be due to larger veins surfacing in the same area.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN A TREATMENT?
Warmth or stinging during treatment, depending on the solution used; leg cramps can follow, but are rare. Compression wraps are required following the treatment for 72 hours. No high-impact exercise depending on the severity of the veins for approximately one to two weeks. Treated veins may cause bruising that will fade over a few weeks. Sclerotherapy works for all skin types. Reoccurrence of new and different leg veins can occur at any time.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER TREATMENT?
Common reactions are bruising, discoloration and hematomas, which can cause slight discomfort during the healing process.