Varicose veins can make you feel less attractive and cause a reduction in your self-confidence. Sclerotherapy is a common form of treatment for the condition, and it can significantly improve your appearance. There are different types, and the type that works well for deep veins is foam sclerotherapy. The goal of the injections is to improve your appearance and eliminate unsightly veins.
Once the target veins have been injected with the special sclerosant agent, the lining of each vein sustains controlled damage. The injections cause blood clotting inside the veins, and over time, your body will automatically destroy the veins, which causes them to vanish.
Foam Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins
The injection solution is normally injected directly into your veins. The procedure for foam sclerotherapy is slightly different and involves mixing the solution with small amounts of air. The resulting foam is very effective for treating large, deep varicose veins.
These are veins that can’t be treated with traditional sclerotherapy. When this procedure is used, it causes the target veins to spasm, and it allows us to inject more volume into the vein while saving the solution.
Foam vs. Traditional Injections
In many cases, foam sclerotherapy serves as a better alternative to traditional treatment options because it involves less risk. We can use foam sclerotherapy to treat many different types of veins, and it’s especially effective for patients who’ve already undergone surgery.
How Does the Procedure Work?
The procedure uses ultrasound scanning, and before it begins, we’ll mark the target surface vein. The foam solution is then injected into the target vein. The ultrasound scanner is used to monitor the foam as it passes through the target vein. The foam injections might need to be repeated two to three times. Once the procedure is finished, you’ll be given a compression stocking for your leg.
What to Expect
Foam sclerotherapy is performed with a local anesthetic. The solution that we inject into the varicose veins isn’t 100 percent effective, so the success rate is around 80 percent. After the treatment, the average recurrence rate for problem veins is around 1 to 15 percent.
The reason why foam sclerotherapy is very effective is that the foam pushes the blood out of the way. Without the foam, the solution is instantly diluted by your blood.
Eliminate Your Deep Veins
If you’re looking for an effective treatment for deep varicose veins, foam sclerotherapy at the South Texas Vein Institute could be a great treatment option for you. Our office is located in Edinburg. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.