Have you ever been ashamed of having your varicose veins exposed? If you are struggling with varicose veins in your feet and your legs, it can become very frustrating or embarrassing. Not only do they take away from your appearance to the point that you want to hide them, these enlarged, twisting veins can become so severe that they could cause you constant pain. Your legs can begin to feel heavy and ache more when you have been sitting down or standing up for any length of time. Swelling and a throbbing pain can be your daily companion. Muscle cramps are also a common symptom. Leave your varicose veins untreated and it could lead to more serious problems, not to mention you may have an underlying problem with your circulation. In order to combat this problem, Sclerotherapy can help.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a form of treatment that involves the use of a solution that is injected into the affected veins. The solution acts as an irritant and makes the vein collapse. At that point, blood is forced to find another path and will flow to other healthy veins. The varicose vein will eventually retract into the body, its appearance fading away from your skin. Sclerotherapy is most effective for varicose veins that are not severe. This form of treatment has cosmetic benefits and it can relieve the pain associated with varicose veins in order to offer you a better quality of life.
What to Expect During Sclerotherapy?
At Dermatology Associates, Sclerotherapy is performed at our office on an outpatient basis. You will be provided with a thorough examination prior to the procedure in order to assess the areas of concern and become informed about your medical history. You will need to avoid blood thinners or pain relievers that can make you prone to bleeding before your procedure. You should not apply any kind of lotion to your legs or shave for at least 24 hours before you are undergoing sclerotherapy and you will want to wear comfortable pants that are loose on the day of your treatment. Your procedure should take under an hour. You’ll be instructed to lie down on an examining table and your legs will be raised. The solution will be directly injected into your veins, causing them to close. While you are undergoing Sclerotherapy, you may experience cramping or stinging. Afterwards, you’ll be given compression stockings to apply pressure to the treated veins.
Recovery from Sclerotherapy
After your treatment session, you can go back to your normal routine. You should avoid rigorous exercise for at least two weeks and you will need to wear compression stockings for up to several weeks for the most effective results. Depending on the size of your varicose veins, you could see the effects in a matter of weeks or it may take longer.
Schedule A Consultation
You do not need to deal with the shame or pain caused by varicose veins any longer. Contact Dermatology Associates today to schedule a consultation. We will be able to answer any questions regarding Sclerotherapy and decide the proper treatment for your varicose veins.