Spring is in the air and summer is closing in, and if you have spider veins or varicose veins, this season may fill you with dread. Commonly effecting women, varicose veins traditionally appear in the legs and can create a lot of self consciousness, discomfort and even physical pain. Appearing like tiny spiders beneath the skin of the legs, varicose veins are commonly called spider veins, and there are many women out there suffering from this condition instead of seeking treatment. Rather than wearing long pants and stockings all summer, you may be a candidate for sclerotherapy.
Varicose veins are veins that are swollen or twisted and collect and abnormal amount of blood making them plainly visible beneath the skin. There are a couple of identified causes for this condition – one is genetic – where the valves in your veins do not function properly, allowing blood to remain in the veins, causing them to enlarge. Many women also develop spider veins during pregnancy. No matter the cause, the appearance of spider veins can be embarrassing and sclerotherapy
may be able to help.
The procedure is fairly simple – essentially medicine is injected into the veins that have developed malformations, making them visible beneath the skin. The medication, or solution, irritates the walls of the problem veins, causing them to swell and stick together. The blood subsequently thickens and ultimately, the vein turns into scar tissue and becomes almost invisible. While it may take multiple treatments to achieve the desired results, multiple veins can be treated in a single session.
Sclerotherapy has been around for almost 150 years, and has been practiced regularly and with success since the 1930’s. If you are looking for a spider vein treatment, sclerotherapy may absolutely fit the bill. A couple of things to double check before you move forward:
- Make sure that you visit the office of a licensed and board certified dermatologist to get scleratherapy or any dermatological treatment. Your health and the overall health of your skin are the top priority and you should not compromise on your care in any way.
- Ensure that anyone that treats you is a licensed and certified medical skin care professional.
- Visit for a consultation prior to your treatment. You should make sure you’re comfortable with the practice and that you completely understand your treatment prior to having the treatment.
- Be patient. It may take some time to get into a high quality dermatology practice, but it will be worth the wait.