Sclerotherapy is a procedure to treat unsightly blood vessels or vascular malformations that have surfaced to your skin's top. A medicine is injected into your vein or vessels, that will allow them to shrink. Common treatments of sclerotherapy are to hide or remove:
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure typically done to treat spider and varicose veins with sclerosing agents injected into the damaged veins. This therapy can also reduce your side effects and pain that these damaged veins can cause.
If you suffer from varicose veins, they can cause discoloration, cramping, pain, and itching. Spider veins are less severe in symptoms and can occur in both men and women, although women are more susceptible.
Sclerotherapy can also treat hemorrhoids, but it is not as common as treating vein symptoms. When used to treat hemorrhoids, this therapy is usually only done if they are smaller and on the outside of the anus.
Sclerotherapy is also used on damaged veins, depending on their size, in the following areas:
Sclerotherapy is recommended depending on how severe your damaged vein condition has become. The therapy takes anywhere from fifteen minutes up to an hour. Damaged veins on your legs are generally treated with you lying on your back, with your legs elevated.
An ultrasound is recommended depending on how far below the skin the damaged veins are located. Your doctor at Eau De Vie Med Spa will start by cleaning your skin around the damaged veins to begin the procedure. They will then use a fine needle to inject the veins with a sclerosing agent. The agent typically consists of:
The agent can be either foam or liquid solution that will cause the damaged veins' walls to seal shut. This process will then redirect the blood flow to unaffected veins. Over time, your body will absorb the damaged veins, so they are less visible and more comfortable.
Depending on how severe your veins have been damaged, or how long you've waited to seek sclerotherapy, you might need up to four treatments.
The first step in sclerotherapy is to schedule a consultation with a provider at Eau De Vie Med Spa and decide which therapy will have the best results for your damaged veins. During this meeting, you may also be advised to abstain from a certain medication you may be taking, such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
You may also be advised to avoid using lotion on the area where treatment will be applied and not to shave your legs. Avoiding these tasks will reduce your chance of irritation from sclerotherapy. Your doctor at Eau De Vie Med Spa may also ask that you wear a compression stocking for several days before the procedure.
Side effects are minor from sclerotherapy, but you could experience a burning sensation in the injection site and some stinging and minor cramping. You could also experience:
These side effects are minor, and if they develop, they should disappear within a few days.
If you are ready to improve your appearance by getting rid of those unsightly spider veins or want to improve the quality of your life by removing painful varicose veins, talk to Eau De Vie Medical Spa. We are ready to help you hide those blood vessels and give you back smoother looking skin.
We are located in Canyon, Tx. Just 15 miles south of Amarillo, Tx.