Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment Brings Excellent Results
Varicose veins are not only unsightly, but they can also be painful and lead to health problems in the future. Sclerotherapy is one vein treatment option individuals suffering from these veins can consider. This has a long history of success, as it has been used to treat the condition since the early 1900s.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution, typically containing high amounts of salt, directly into the offending veins. This solution causes irritation inside the blood vessel, and eventually the blood vessel will stick together, causing blood inside of it to clot. Over time, this causes the entire thing to turn into scar tissue, which can no longer be seen through the skin. In effect, it completely removes the look of varicose veins without surgery or lasers.
If you are considering this vein treatment, you will need to talk to either a dermatologist or vascular medicine doctor. The doctor will determine if you are a good candidate. You cannot have this procedure if you are pregnant or have a history of blood clots. Your doctor will look at the veins in question and your overall health history when determining whether or not you are a good candidate. Also, if the veins are veins the doctor would someday use if you had heart surgery, you will not be able to have sclerotherapy, as this will make it impossible for the doctor to use these veins if you need heart surgery in the future.
Most patients considering any type of vein treatment wonder what to expect. This is not a surgical procedure, so it requires no anesthetic. A tiny needle is used to inject the solution into your body, and you may experience some mild discomfort or cramping in the area being treated. It takes at most 30 minutes to complete, depending on the number of veins the doctor chooses to treat in one session. After treatment, your doctor will advise you to avoid aerobic exercise for a few days as the veins respond to the injection and the body heals.
Side effects from this vein treatment are very rare and very mild. You may notice some redness or itching around the treatment site. This typically goes away within a week. Bruising may last longer, but again is temporary. Brown lines or spots near the veins also typically fade. If you notice lumpiness or hardness of the veins, rest assured this is typically a temporary condition. If you notice sudden swelling, ulcers near the injection site, or inflammation near the groin, contact your doctor immediately, as this could be a sign of a serious problem.
All in all, sclerotherapy is a vein treatment option that requires minimal down time, causes few problems, and leaves you with vein-free legs. If you are embarrassed by the look of varicose veins, talk to your doctor about the potential to seek this treatment. If you are in good medical health, chances are it could rid you of this condition forever, leaving you with legs ready to show off when swimsuit season rolls around again.