The Benefits of Sclerotherapy Treatment

Sclerotherapy is considered the best way to remove varicose and spider veins. This is a simple procedure done in your doctor's office, which has a proven success rate.

Varicose veins and spider veins are abnormal veins that are most commonly found in the lower legs and thighs. More than 80 million people in the United States suffer from this medical problem. More than 50% of women over the age of 21 have spider veins according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The symptoms include aching, cramping, swelling, itching, night cramps and fatigue. There are also some more severe problems that may occur with varicose veins, such as thrombophletis (formation of a blood clot), ulcerations, or stasis dermatitis (fibrotic and scarred skin).

There are several treatments for varicose veins, such as compression stockings and keeping your legs elevated while sleeping or sitting. These will not cure the problem, but they may alleviate the symptoms.

Women and men are often embarrassed by these unattractive veins, so they will wear long pants or dark stockings to attempt to hide them. These unsightly veins can be heredity and they occur more often with aging and obesity.

According to Mayo Clinic, sclerotherapy is the typical choice as the treatment of choice for smaller varicose veins and spider veins. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 444,887 sclerotherapy procedures were performed in 2010. It is almost painless, and it is safe procedure. The session usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

The physician injects a chemical sclerant into the vein causing it to scar, then collapse. Blood is then forced to reroute into healthier veins. Once the vein is collapsed, it is reabsorbed into the local tissue and fades. The vein fades completely in a few weeks. Frequently, it takes three to four procedures to fully correct the problem. It depends on the depth, size and number of veins being treated. Treatments are spaced four weeks apart. Side effects are infrequent and are usually confined to bruising. Walking regularly following the treatment will promote good circulation, and it prevents blood clots.

This treatment relieves the symptoms and improves the appearance of the patient. One of the main benefits to this procedure is there is no downtime. In addition, there is little discomfort. Ideally the patient who chooses sclerotherapy should be healthy and ideally they should be non-smokers. This procedure is not done on pregnant women.