Better Looking Legs with Sclerotherapy
Are you concealing your legs because you are embarrassed by the unattractive blue and purple webs that are blemishing the skin of your legs? If you are bothered by the appearance of unsightly veins that are making your skin blotchy or uneven, Dr. Mitar Vranic and Dr. Henry Tarlian of Western Vascular Institute in Mesa, AZ suggest treating your veins with sclerotherapy, a reliable cosmetic treatment that can help make those vascular imperfections fade away.
Spider Veins, Varicose Veins and Sclerotherapy
Spider veins, or superficial telangiectasias, are dilated capillaries that are visible, but do not cause discomfort. Red, purple and blue in color, spider veins are most commonly seen on the legs—although this type of broken blood vessel can occur in other places, most notably the face. It is not known what causes spider veins to form, but hormones and genetics seem to play a role, with women being more likely to get them. Because their root cause is not fully understood, there is no sure fire way to prevent them. However, long periods of standing, remaining sedentary, crossing the legs, obesity, and other factors may exacerbate their appearance. Sclerotherapy is the standard treatment for eliminating spider veins and works in up to 80% of cases.
Varicose veins are raised, knotty-looking veins that are often found in combination with spider veins. These protruding veins are associated with poor vein function. In the case of varicose veins, a weakened vein wall impedes proper blood flow, which congests the vein with blood. Swollen and stretched, varicose veins—unlike spider veins—can be very painful. Depending the size and condition of the varicose vein, sclerotherapy can be a viable treatment option.
How Sclerotherapy Works
Sclerotherapy, a highly effective cosmetic vein treatment that has been used since the 1930s, can markedly reduce the visibility of damaged veins. Sclerotherapy usually also relieves symptoms associated with enlarged veins and prevents further complications.
Using a small sterile needle, an injection of a special saline solution is administered into the diseased vein, which will cause it to close and eventually collapse. Once it has collapsed, the vein is absorbed, leaving little or no trace behind. Multiple veins can be treated during one appointment. However, in general, more than one treatment session is needed for blood vessels to show improvement. Because it takes time for blood vessels to fade after the injection, the treatments should be scheduled at least two weeks apart in order to see how treated veins respond. When veins respond properly, they generally do not reappear.
The sclerotherapy procedure is simple and minimally invasive, causing little, if any, discomfort. Patients typically feel a slight burning or pricking sensation as the saline solution enters the vein. However, the sensation is temporary and mild. Following treatment, patients may have some redness, itchiness and bruising around the treatment area. The bruising tends to fade within a week.
If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and are interested in treating your spider and/or varicose veins with sclerotherapy, contact us at the Western Vascular Institute vein treatment center for a consultation.
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