Varicose and spider veins are veins that have failed to circulate blood correctly. The veins can end up bulging with visible, large pools of blood and for most, can cause insecurity or a negative body image. The large varicose veins can be palpable, long and dilated and the smaller, spider veins may look like short, fine lines similar to a spider web. The most common area for both varicose veins and spider veins is in the legs and thighs however they can develop anywhere in the body.
What Causes Varicose and Spider Veins?
There are a wide variety of triggers for varicose veins, which often form a spider-like network of veins that push up just underneath your skin. Veins carry blood to your heart; if the valves that push this blood forward are weak, then some of this blood gets backed-up into the veins. This causes the swelling that is visible through the skin. Another handful of factors that contribute to spider veins are:
- leg trauma and prolonged inactivity in the lower extremities
- genetic factors – such as obesity
- senescence – deterioration with age
- gender – women are four times more likely to develop varicose veins
Sclerotherapy: A Solution to Varicose Veins
After the sclerotherapy treatment, Dr. Mani will recommend a walking schedule – which is necessary to help circulation. Your legs will be wrapped up to induce healing of the vein walls. In conjunction with the walking exercise, this further reduces the chances that more blood clots will form and the varicose veins reappear. How much success can you expect? Well, sclerotherapy has been used for nearly a century and a majority of those that need treatment only need one office visit however depending on your desired results, Dr. Mani may recommend more.
Sclerotherapy is a viable solution for most people, but if you can’t walk – because of obesity or other ailments – then you should look for alternative solutions to your varicose veins. Walking is a crucial element of the post-op procedure, because of the blood flow aspect that promotes healing and keeps the spider veins away. Obesity isn’t the only reason to stay away from this procedure:
- some people are prone to having allergic reactions to polidocanol, hypertronic saline or tetradecyl
- too much blood clotting in the veins far beneath the surface of the skin
- pregnancy requires doctor consultations to ensure the fetus isn’t harmed or allergic
You can expect a high degree of success from sclerotherapy. After the major varicose veins are taken care of by the injection of the sclerosing agent, any spider veins protruding from the source usually fade away. In cases where the spider network persists, they are treated individually with more injections.If you feel you would benefit from sclerotherapy treatment, your next step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mani today. All body treatments receive a free consultation with optional same day treatment. Call today and learn why sclerotherapy is the most prevalent treatment for curing varicose and spider veins.