Sclerotherapy in Canyon
Treat unsightly blood vessels that have surfaced.
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:
- Spider veins- These are small dilated blood vessels that occur near the surface of your skin. Typically they measure between 0.5 and 1 mm in diameter. These spider veins are able to develop anywhere on your body but are most common on the face around your chin, cheeks, and nose. They are also seen quite frequently on the upper thigh area, around the ankles, and below the knee.
- Small varicose veins- Varicose veins are superficial veins that have become twisted and enlarged. They are commonly seen under the skin on your legs and can become painful. Varicose veins can impact a person's quality of life due to their psychological, social, and physical effects.
- Hemorrhoids- Hemorrhoids are vascular structures in your anal canal, and when in their normal state, they cushion and help with your stool control. If they become inflamed or swollen, it is a disease called hemorrhoid. Depending on the development of these structures, they can cause red rectal bleeding. If they develop outside of the rectal area, they can become painful and cause swelling.
- Hydroceles- Hydroceles are an accumulation of fluids in your body cavity. These fluids can result from a plugged inguinal lymphatic system due to an infection brought on by two different mosquito-borne parasites.
Areas Commonly Treated By Sclerotherapy
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:
- Face- usually when located on the side of the nose
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
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:
- Hypertonic saline solution (solution of sodium chloride in water with a concentration of NaCI higher than what is found in physiological saline)
- Polidocanol (blood vessel irritant used to treat varicose veins)
- Sodium tetradecyl sulfate- (commonly used synonym for 7-ethyl-2-methyl-4-undecyl sulfate sodium salt)
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.
How to Prepare for Your Sclerotherapy Treatment
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.
Possible Side Effects From Sclerotherapy
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:
- Raised red area around the injection site
- Skin discoloration
- Minor discomfort
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.