Although there are many physical imperfections that can compromise an individual’s confidence in their body, the appearance of varicose and spider veins can be uniquely disheartening. However, technological advancements in the cosmetic industry have resulted in the development of procedures that can provide you with a simple solution to the problem.
As many industry experts know, many people are now turning to a cosmetic procedure called sclerotherapy to rid themselves of unwanted varicose and spider veins.
What Is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure in which the treatment provider will inject the solution into a varicose or spider vein. The injection will then cause the troublesome vein to collapse and subsequently fade.
What Causes The Appearance Of Varicose And Spider Veins?
There is a variety of factors that can cause the appearance of varicose and spider veins on the body. Some of the factors include pregnancy, hormonal shifts, heredity, occupations requiring extensive sitting, and weight fluctuation. In some cases, spider veins or varicose veins can appear when the patient is relatively young. For other patients, the veins do not appear until later in life.
Are You A Good Candidate For Sclerotherapy?
If you find that you are interested in pursuing sclerotherapy, there are at least three questions you should ask yourself to determine if you’re a good candidate for the cosmetic procedure:
- Do you have a basic understanding of the procedure and realistic goals regarding the outcome?
- Are you dissatisfied with your body as a result of spider veins or varicose veins?
- Are you willing to carefully listen to and subsequently follow the surgeon’s prescriptions and proscriptions for treatment?
Risks And Safety Information
While sclerotherapy can dramatically improve your appearance and self-confidence, you should note that there are some risks associated with the procedure. Some of the more common risks include infection, swelling, bruising, hyperpigmentation, a change in skin sensation, ulceration, ongoing pain, and scarring. Prior to receiving treatment, you will be required to sign consent forms indicating your full understanding of the cosmetic procedure and its associated risks.
If you’re fairly certain that pursuing sclerotherapy is right for you, your next step will be scheduling a consultation. During the treatment consultation, there are several issues that the surgeon will want to discuss, including:
- Any issues you might have had in the treatment area, such as previous injuries or pain
- Any procedures performed around or near the treatment area (this will include vein treatments)
- Current medications, herbal supplements, and/or vitamin use
- Current tobacco, drug, or alcohol use
- Family history, medical conditions, medical treatments, and drug allergies
- Your objectives
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are currently plagued by the presence of unwanted varicose or spider veins, sclerotherapy can be the solution you’ve been looking for. To determine whether pursuing sclerotherapy is the best course of action to help you realize your aesthetic goals, contact South Texas Vein Institute to schedule a consultation. Our medical team will assess your condition and determine the safest and most effective treatment for your needs.