Choosing Sclerotherapy or Stockings for Spider Vein Treatment
If you have only a couple of problem areas and they do not cause you any discomfort or bother you appearance wise, you may decide to just leave them be. However, if they are problems that mar your look and can be uncomfortable, the wisest thing you can do is to seek out an appropriate form of spider vein treatment.
The first thing your doctor might recommend is for you to start wearing compression stockings. This is a lifestyle change that can be beneficial for those who have a minor issue in this area. The options in compression stockings include support pantyhose, over the counter gradient compression pantyhose, and gradient compression pantyhose that are only available through a physician’s prescription.
The most used spider vein treatment is known as sclerotherapy (pronounced SKLER-o-ther-a-pee). The way this method works is that the physician uses a special needle to inject a chemical into the skin for this exact purpose. The chemical causes the walls to begin to swell. From there the walls glue together and end up sealing shut. This ceases the blood flow, and from there, scar tissue will arise and heal.
After a few weeks have gone by, the treated spot should show signs of fading, which is exactly what is supposed to happen. This spider vein treatment does not necessitate the administering of anesthesia. It does not have to take place in the hospital, but can take place right in the doctor’s office. Shortly after the procedure, the patient will be able to return to their regular activities, including work and school.
An affected area may only require one injection, but it may need to be treated more than once by the doctor. If you require more than one treatment, you will have to schedule them every four to six weeks. Following sclerotherapy, the physician may recommend that you wear gradient compression stockings to facilitate the healing process and to minimize any swelling that might take place. This form of spider vein treatment is used all of the time and is highly successful when it is performed properly.
As with any procedure done to the human body, there are possible side effects to think about. Be aware, though, that the advantages of having sclerotherapy far outweigh the disadvantages.
If you have this procedure, you may notice raised, red patches on the treated site, that might even sting. You might even develop bruises where the needle entered your skin. This is temporary and will not take long to go away.
Around the section of skin that has been treated, groups of fine red blood vessels might appear. You also might notice brown lines or spots. These are symptoms that will start to disappear shortly after the therapy has been completed.
Although it is rare, sometimes lumps of blood can become trapped in a treated vein and can become inflamed. This is not a serious problem by any means. The swelling can be relieved by applying heat to it and taking an over the counter remedy such as aspirin. At your next doctor’s visit the blood that is trapped will be drained by way of a tiny pinprick.