Some patients have a choice about treating spider and varicose veins because the unsightly veins are mostly a cosmetic problem. Other patients find that it’s essential to eliminate their veins to relieve pain and prevent serious complications. Hampton Vein & Vascular often recommend sclerotherapy to safely and effectively eliminate spider and varicose veins. If you’re ready to get rid of your visible veins, call the office in Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online.
Sclerotherapy is a long-standing procedure that eliminates spider veins and varicose veins. Both vein problems develop over time, as one-way valves in your veins fail. Normally, these valves keep blood flowing toward your heart, but when they’re too weak to work, blood can flow in the wrong direction.
As blood flows backward, it builds up in the veins, enlarging them enough to make them visible. When this problem occurs in tiny capillaries near the skin’s surface, you develop spider veins. But when blood reflux occurs in large leg veins, they become twisted and bulge above the skin’s surface, causing varicose veins.
Spider veins seldom cause symptoms. By comparison, varicose veins can cause painful, tired, and achy legs. Over time, varicose veins can also lead to complications such as blood clots and venous stasis ulcers.
Hampton Vein & Vascular offers two types of sclerotherapy:
During this type of sclerotherapy, your provider injects a medicated solution into the affected veins. The medication, called a sclerosing agent, irritates the vein lining, making it collapse and turn into scar tissue that your body gradually absorbs. Liquid injection is always used for spider veins and may be the best choice for some varicose veins.
Foam sclerotherapy also consists of an injection containing a sclerosing agent. However, a foam is injected rather than a liquid. Your provider uses ultrasound imaging when performing this type of sclerotherapy because the foam is visible under ultrasound, allowing them to precisely target the varicose veins.
Foam is a good option for moderate- or large-sized varicose veins because it expands and pushes blood away. As a result, it makes direct contact with vein walls while still at full strength.
You need to wear compression stockings for 48 hours after your procedure. Otherwise, you won’t need to take downtime; you can return to your regular activities as soon as your treatment is complete.
Depending on the extent of your varicose veins, your provider may recommend spreading your treatments out over several sessions. After each treatment, it takes about 3-6 weeks for your body to clear away spider veins and several months for it to finish eliminating varicose veins.
To learn more about sclerotherapy or to schedule an appointment, use online booking or call Hampton Vein & Vascular.