Are you suffering from varicose veins on your legs? This common medical condition is caused by the pooling of blood in blood vessels, normally in the lower extremities. Although varicose veins are not terribly critical, many who have them tend to begin looking for their treatment options. Sclerotherapy is a proven medical procedure that has been used safely for decades to remove unwelcome varicose veins in thousands of patients.
What are Varicose Veins?
A normally functioning vein will transport deoxygenated blood from the rest of your body back to your heart. Such veins have one-way valves that prevent the backflow of blood and keep it moving in the right direction. For some reason, varicose veins have faulty valves that allow blood to flow back into them and pool there. This leads to their characteristic twisted, ropey appearance.
Symptoms of varicose veins may include mild ankle and foot swelling, large veins visible just under the skin surface, cramping or throbbing in your legs, and discolored skin near the problem vein. Spider veins are varicose veins that have a characteristic spider-web appearance.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
Damaged or weak valves in the veins can lead to the development of varicose veins. The veins found in your legs need to work against gravity to return blood to your heart. When a vein has a faulty one-way valve, this blood cannot return to the heart and pools in the weakened vein.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a proven medical treatment for varicose vein that has been around for over 80 years. It is able to treat both varicose veins and spider veins through the use of an injected solution that collapses the walls of the varicose vein. After the vein walls have collapsed, your body will absorb them. The blood that once flowed through the problem vein will be rerouted into neighboring blood vessels.
Am I a Candidate for This Procedure?
Before undergoing a sclerotherapy treatment, you will take part in an initial consultation with us to determine if the procedure makes a good fit for you and your needs. Ideal candidates will harbor realistic expectations about this procedure in terms of what it can accomplish.
How is a Sclerotherapy Procedure Performed?
The procedure itself is quite simple. We use a special solution and inject it into the problem vein. This leads to the eventual collapse of the vein and reabsorption by your body. We can perform the procedure at our office, and it should only take minutes. How many veins require injection during one session is dependent upon the location and size of your problem veins, as well as your overall medical condition.
Schedule Your Consultation for More Information
To learn more about sclerotherapy, we warmly encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with Nourished MedSpa and Wellness Center. At our office in Sherman, TX, our friendly and experienced team will be pleased to explain this process to greater depth and address any concerns you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!