Varicose veins and spider veins can ruin the way your legs look, but there’s no reason to let them bother you one day longer. Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is a fast, effective treatment that rejuvenates your legs, arms, face or any area that’s showing visible spider veins and varicose veins. If you’re ready to get younger-looking skin all over, talk to our team about this proven therapy.
What Can Sclerotherapy Do for You?
People are holding onto youth and vitality for many years now. Advances in medicine, innovations in skin care and a rise in cosmetic procedures all help us look years younger.
Unfortunately, all the health and vitality in the world can’t combat the appearance of spider veins and varicose veins. These bumpy veins make you look older than you want. They can even be painful. Fortunately, there’s a proven, FDA-approved way to get rid of them that doesn’t require hours of surgery or weeks of recovery.
The Treatment of Choice for Varicose Veins
- Enhance your overall wellbeing and self-confidence.
- If your varicose veins are related to a medical condition, your insurance might cover the treatment.
- You only need one treatment session.
- It’s a quick, easy treatment that you can do privately and conveniently in our spa.
- You don’t have to restrict any activities while you’re getting the treatment.
A Common Problem
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 20% of adults in the U.S. are troubled by varicose veins and spider veins. Over 230,000 sclerotherapy for varicose veins procedures are done each year to fight these conditions. Varicose veins are more likely to occur if:
- They run in your family.
- You stand on your feet for most of the day.
- You are or were overweight.
- You’ve gone through menopause or pregnancy.
- You’re over 50.
Look and Feel Younger
Are your varicose veins causing you to feel self-conscious and embarrassed? They are impossible to hide, unless you avoid wearing any clothing that might reveal your legs. Are you avoiding activities that require you to wear shorts or a bathing suit? You don’t have to live with painful varicose veins anymore. You can regain your self-confidence and love the way you look, no matter what you’re wearing. Sclerotherapy for varicose veins is a fast, painless treatment that will make your legs look smooth, youthful and clear.
- The procedure only takes a few minutes.
- You only need one treatment.
- It’s one of the most affordable cosmetic procedures.
- There is no downtime or recovery.
- It’s been safely and successfully used for decades.
- You can avoid surgery, lasers and incisions.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy uses tiny injections to shrink and dissolve large, bulging veins. Is sclerotherapy painful? It works quickly to reduce the size of the veins and to prevent new varicose veins from forming.
Sclerotherapy was developed more than 300 years ago. It is a treatment with a long medical history and hundreds of clinical studies to back up its efficacy.
Sclerotherapy is the “gold standard” treatment for varicose veins in the legs. It’s also the best treatment available for spider veins and for the age-related, overly large veins in hands.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy for varicose veins uses various solutions to shrink and dissolve the veins. Our provider injects a solution into your veins. The solution might contain:
- sodium tetradecyl sulfate.
- hypertonic saline solutions.
This solution makes the cells of the blood vessel contract. You’ll notice that your veins look smaller immediately after the treatment. Over time, they will continue shrinking until they lie flat and your skin looks clear.
There are many new treatments for varicose veins that rely on lasers or surgery to correct the condition. Most cosmetic surgeons know that these treatments fall flat compared to sclerotherapy.
- They often require multiple treatment sessions to work.
- None of them have the clinical history that sclerotherapy does.
- They are more painful and more invasive.
- Sclerotherapy can be used on the face, ankles, feet, thighs, anus or anywhere that you have varicose veins.
What Is Foam Sclerotherapy?
Foam sclerotherapy is an innovation in varicose vein treatments. It uses the same principles as traditional sclerotherapy, but it uses a sclerosing agent that is thick and foamy rather than a thin liquid.
In addition to using a thicker liquid, the injector will probably use ultrasound to guide the foam precisely into your veins. This procedure is sometimes called ultrasound-guided foam sclerotherapy.
What Are the Advantages of Foam Sclerotherapy?
- The placement of the sclerosing agent is more precise.
- The foam displaces blood in the veins rather than mixing with it. That makes the sclerosing agent more powerful. It’s able to work directly on your blood vessels without being diluted by blood or other fluids.
- The thick foam stays in the blood vessels longer, delivering more of the sclerosing agent over a longer period of time.
- Surgeons developed this technique specifically for the large blood vessels in the legs.
Should You Choose Foam Sclerotherapy?
A trained member of our team is the best person to advise you about the right treatment. You can rest assured that the treatment you get will clear up your varicose veins and let you enjoy legs that are free from bulges, red splotches and discolorations.
Are You a Good Candidate for Sclerotherapy?
You are probably a good candidate for sclerotherapy if you:
- Are in overall good health and a nonsmoker.
- Don’t have circulatory or blood illnesses.
- Are troubled by visible, lumpy varicose veins.
- Feel pain, itching and swelling caused by your veins.
- Want a fast, proven treatment for your varicose veins.
Can You Cure Varicose Veins with Home Treatments?
While you can’t cure varicose veins without medical treatment, you can take steps to help improve them. These same steps will help keep your legs and veins healthy after you have medical treatment. They may also help prevent varicose veins from forming in the future.
Lose weight. Excess weight can put a lot of stress on your veins. Losing weight will take the strain off.
Exercise. Regular exercise will keep your circulation strong. It will also help with you get to or maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is one of the best things you can do to keep your blood vessels strong. You don’t need a strenuous exercise plan. Walking, cycling, yoga, and aquatic exercises can all keep your circulation and muscles strong.
Wear compression stockings. These are a proven therapy for the swelling, aching, and pain that often accompany varicose veins and spider veins. If you work at a job that requires long hours of standing or sitting, consider wearing compression stockings to work.
Elevate your feet. Studies have found that elevating your feet every day is a good way to prevent varicose veins and other circulation-related foot problems. This is especially important if you work on your feet. When you’re at home relaxing, lift your feet above the level of your head and keep them there for 15 minutes. Try to do this at least three times during the evening. You can also try sleeping with your feet on a pillow.
Avoid sitting or standing for long hours. You might have a job that requires you to stay on your feet or seated for a long time. Do what you can to counter the negative effects. If you sit for long hours, you should try to get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour. If you stand at work, wear supportive shoes and try to elevate your feet at night.
Sclerotherapy Is a Time-Tested Treatment
Sclerotherapy has been around for a long time. So have varicose veins. In fact, doctors in the 17th century first began developing solutions that they injected into the veins to help them shrink and heal. Since then, surgeons have streamlined the techniques and developed solutions that work quickly, with minimal side effects, pain or recovery time.
Studies in recent years have found that sclerotherapy has a high success rate. Just as importantly, it has a high rate of patient satisfaction. On cosmetic surgery review sites, sclerotherapy has an 87% approval rating among people who’ve had the treatment. Most people who undergo sclerotherapy are just sorry that they didn’t do it sooner.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
There are many causes for varicose veins. The main one is simply aging. As your body ages, gravity and other factors exert their pull on your blood vessels. There are other things that can lead to varicose veins. Following is a list of some common causes with pointers on how to prevent varicose veins.
Prolonged sun exposure. Sun damage is a chief cause of varicose and spider veins. This is especially true for fair-skinned people. Accumulated sun damage can cause the blood vessels to weaken and swell.
What can you do? Always protect your skin from sun exposure when you go outdoors.
Hormones. Varicose veins tend to be more common in women. That’s because women go through more pronounced hormonal changes than men typically do. After menopause, childbirth or puberty, many people notice that they’ve developed spider and varicose veins.
What can you do? Avoid extreme sun exposure, especially if you’re light-skinned. If you do spend time in the sun, wear sun protection.
Genetics. Although some researchers dispute that there’s a genetic link to varicose veins, they do seem to run in families.
Clothing choices. Your clothing choices can make you more prone to developing varicose veins. If you don’t wear supportive shoes and stand on your feet for hours at a time, you are at high risk of getting them. If you regularly wear girdles, tight clothing and high heels, you’re also at risk.
What can you do? Wearing supportive, well-fitting shoes is a boost to your health no matter what your health conditions are. You should avoid flimsy shoes, high heels, and wearing flip-flops for extended amounts of time. Stop wearing girdles and tight clothing. If your job requires standing, wear shoes with good arch support and sturdy soles.
Lifestyle. People who smoke, drink large quantities of alcohol, or are overweight are more likely to develop varicose veins.
What can you do? Cutting down on drinking, smoking, and overeating are good for your overall health. You’ll look and feel better in addition to lessening your chance of developing many conditions, including varicose veins.
Trauma or accident. An injury to the leg can cause “venous insufficiency,” the medical term that refers to varicose veins. If you’ve ever been in a car accident, broken your leg or had surgery on your leg, varicose veins could be a side effect.
What can you do? Unfortunately, nobody can prevent all accidents or medical emergencies. If your varicose veins are an unwanted reminder of your medical issues, sclerotherapy can help you move on while looking your best.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will You Need?
The best part about sclerotherapy for varicose veins is that it works quickly. In most cases, you will only need one treatment. Our provider may ask you to come in for a follow-up appointment to make sure you’re getting the results you want.
What Is the Sclerotherapy Procedure Like?
During the treatment, you will lie comfortably on your back to allow our provider to reach the veins on your legs. Is sclerotherapy painful? The procedure will only have a member of our team fills a syringe with the sclerosing agent and injects it into the large veins. Some professionals use ultrasound to pinpoint the exact location of a bulging vein.
After the treatment, you might have to wear compression garments for a few days. You should stay active to keep your blood moving but avoid strenuous activity.
- Each session takes from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on how many veins we are treating.
- You will barely feel the fine, tiny needle.
- You don’t have to restrict any activities afterward.
- There is no anesthesia and no recovery.
- You can schedule it when it’s convenient for you.
- You won’t experience any of the discomfort of surgery or lasers.
What Results Can You Expect?
Immediately after the treatment, you’ll experience a reduction in the typical symptoms of varicose veins such as:
- Lumpy texture
As your body fully heals over the next few days, you’ll see beautifully clear, smooth skin on your thighs, legs and ankles. You won’t have that rough, lumpy, discolored-looking skin anymore. Your legs will look smooth, youthful and totally rejuvenated.
Learn More about Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy can help you get rid of those unwanted varicose veins for good. You’ll look and feel renewed and rejuvenated all over. If you’re interested in getting the gold standard in varicose vein treatments, feel free to visit Reflection Skin and Laser in Cartersville or Kennesaw. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!