Sclerotherapy: A Solution for Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Sclerotherapy for varicose veins

Spider veins and varicose veins are not just cosmetic concerns. They are indicators of underlying vascular issues. In the field of phlebology (the study of venous diseases) we have many ways of treating venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of varicose veins. One of those treatments is sclerotherapy.

Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive medical procedure that is highly effective in treating these visible veins. It offers both aesthetic and health-related benefits. It has become a preferred choice for many individuals seeking relief from spider veins and varicose veins.

Understanding Spider Veins and Varicose Veins

Spider veins and varicose veins are both forms of venous insufficiency, characterized by the malfunctioning of valves within the veins. Veins carry blood back to the heart. To prevent blood from flowing backward, they contain a one-way valve that closes once the blood passes through it. When these valves malfunction, blood cannot make its way back to the heart, resulting in blood pooling in the veins. This extra blood puts pressure on the veins causing them to stretch and bulge leading to their visible appearance.

Spider veins are smaller, web-like veins that often appear on the legs and face. They are usually red, blue, or purple in color and can be associated with factors such as genetics, pregnancy, hormonal changes, and prolonged periods of standing or sitting.

Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger, bulging veins that often protrude from the skin’s surface. They are commonly found in the legs and can cause discomfort, swelling, and aching. Sclerotherapy is an effective treatment for both types of veins.

What Is Sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy is a non-surgical procedure that involves injecting a solution, typically a saline solution directly into the affected veins. This solution irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse and stick together. Over time, the body absorbs the treated vein, and blood is rerouted through healthier veins.

Advantages of Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy has become very popular in the treatment of varicose and spider veins and it’s no surprise. It has many benefits and not many downsides:

Minimally Invasive: Unlike traditional surgical procedures, sclerotherapy requires no incisions or general anesthesia, making it a more comfortable and accessible option for many patients.

Quick and Convenient: Sclerotherapy sessions are relatively quick, often lasting less than an hour. Each patient is different, but multiple sessions are usually required to treat all problem veins.

Minimal Downtime: Patients can resume their normal activities shortly after the procedure, making it a convenient choice for those with busy schedules.

Effective Aesthetic Improvement: Sclerotherapy not only addresses the underlying medical issues, but also provides visible cosmetic improvements. The treated veins gradually fade, resulting in smoother, clearer skin.

High Success Rates: Sclerotherapy has proven to be highly effective, with a high success rate in treating both spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Multiple sessions may be required for optimal results, depending on the severity of the condition.

Improved Blood Circulation: By eliminating dysfunctional veins, sclerotherapy promotes better blood circulation, reducing the risk of complications associated with venous insufficiency, such as blood clots and skin ulcers.

Sclerotherapy Is Fast & Convenient

Sclerotherapy provides a safe, effective, and minimally invasive solution for spider veins and varicose veins. With its proven track record in both improving aesthetics and addressing underlying venous issues, sclerotherapy continues to be a valuable tool in enhancing the well-being and confidence of those dealing with spider veins and varicose veins. Don’t put it off. Come see if sclerotherapy is right for you!

We have many treatment options for varicose and spider veins. Once your varicose veins have been evaluated, Dr. Siroospour can help you find the best treatment for your veins. Make an appointment for an evaluation at Colorado Laser & Vein. Give us a call at (303) 741-4060 or schedule an appointment online.