Treating your spider and varicose veins depend on a number of factors. The size, severity and location of each vein can determine which treatment option will be the most effective.
The procedure you undergo also has to consider your treatment goals as well as your budget. Dr. Allen and his team at The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy can help you choose the best method to address all of your concerns.
For superficial spider veins and smaller varicose veins, sclerotherapy may be the most effective treatment option. It’s also affordable and minimally invasive.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is a very small injection that works to eliminate small varicose veins and spider veins. The solution, or foam then irritates the cells that form the wall of the vein, causing it to spasm.
When the vein collapses, the blood moving through it will clot, blocking anything from passing through. As a result, the diseased vein turns into scar tissue that becomes metabolized by the body.
When Is Sclerotherapy the Right Option?
Sclerotherapy is best suited for spider veins and smaller varicose veins, as venous insufficiency within larger veins will have difficulty closing. During a consultation with Dr. Allen, you can learn more about the treatment options available to you. By discussing the medical and cosmetic concerns you are experiencing, Dr. Allen can suggest the method that will produce the most beneficial results.
To gain a better understanding of your vein condition, a registered vascular technologists will perform an evaluation of the treatment area during a venous ultrasound. The ability to view your veins beyond the surface of the skin will allow for a better assessment of your vein health.
After examining the size, amount and location of your veins, Dr. Allen and his team will design a treatment plan that addresses the issues you are facing. At times, more than one treatment option may be necessary to treat your veins completely. If your veins meet the necessary qualifications, sclerotherapy may be the best treatment option.
What Happens During Sclerotherapy Treatment?
Your sclerotherapy session will take place at the CFAU. Dr. Allen will disinfect the treatment area and, afterward, gently insert a tiny needle with the sclerosing agent into the affected vein.
Within a matter of minutes, sclerotherapy will cause the vein to collapse, and Dr. Allen will expedite the procedure by adding pressure to the treated vein. Over time, as blood begins to move through healthier veins, your varicose or spider veins will disappear completely.
The treatment itself takes only 30 minutes to complete, depending on the specific parameters of your veins.
Once complete, Dr. Allen will massage the treatment area to help disperse the sclerosing agent. You may experience some tenderness at the injection site, but any side effects will disappear in a matter of hours. Dr. Allen will prescribe you a compression garment to maintain pressure as you recover from your sclerotherapy treatment.
Immediately after your procedure, you will experience very little downtime. You are encouraged to take frequent walks so as to ensure proper blood flow throughout your body. Although sclerotherapy will work to permanently eliminate varicose veins and spider veins, you may require several treatment sessions before you see full results.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most effective treatment methods for spider veins and varicose veins that are currently in your body, but the procedure will not prevent diseased veins from appearing in the future. To improve the longevity of your vascular health, it may benefit you to make specific lifestyle changes that improve circulation throughout your body.
You can learn more about sclerotherapy by contacting The Center for Advanced Vein Therapy at 267-728-7440 and scheduling a consultation with Dr. Allen. Together, you can assess your venous insufficiency and discuss the treatment method available. Call today to learn more.