At South Texas Vein Institute we understand telangiectasias, or spider veins, and varicose veins can be painful and unattractive. In the past, treating them was difficult, invasive, and often highly uncomfortable. Fortunately, a simple and quick procedure called sclerotherapy is able to relieve you, or your loved one, of this common nuisance.
Spider veins and varicose veins are most commonly found on the legs in hues of purple, red and blue. As the blood becomes backed up, the veins swell and become more visible. When weakened valves and veins which are designed to keep blood flowing toward your heart malfunction, the pressure causes an overabundance of blood to collect in the vein. Without the ability of the blood to properly flow, the vein becomes twisted swollen or varicose. The key to optimal vein health is to address such complications early, before the damage becomes advanced.
Persons of all ages and backgrounds can suffer from vein issues. Heredity, obesity, pregnancy, constipation, a history of blood clots, or any number of factors can put you at risk for varicose or spider veins. The conditions are common and treatable if you are under the care of a knowledgeable team.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a great treatment for these problematic veins. The best candidates for treatment are those who have smaller varicose veins. The treatment is essentially the injection of a solution into the vein. The therapy causes the vein to scar. The blood then naturally begins to flow through veins more efficiently. The damaged vein is ultimately absorbed by the surrounding tissue and fades away.
The procedure is performed in the comfort of our office. No surgery is involved, making it convenient for most people.
What Results Can Be Expected?
One of the very first things you can expect to notice after treatment is an improved appearance. While the results are not immediate, within weeks, your treated veins should have faded away. The pain often associated with your condition will dissipate as well. Sleeping disorders such as restless leg syndrome are believed to be connected to varicose veins. So if you have been suffering from restlessness, due to this discomfort, sclerotherapy may allow you to get a better night’s sleep.