Sclerotherapy is a treatment for veins that appear on your skin. Fortunately, these veins can be removed safely and effectively with this non-surgical treatment. The treated veins will never come back, but you may require a few lifestyle changes so that other veins do not become diseased.
Unwanted veins are usually diseased and do not function properly. You have other veins that can carry the blood back to the heart, so you can safely remove the diseased vein. Sclerotherapy uses a special solution that is injected into the damaged vein. The solution irritates the vein wall, causing the vein to collapse and seal. Once the vein is sealed, the blood will flow through healthy veins. The sealed vein will gradually be absorbed by the surrounding tissue and disappear.
Sclerotherapy is minimally-invasive, and you can go home soon after the treatment. You may be asked to walk around for a few minutes to make sure the blood flows in other veins. You may also be asked to wear compression stockings for a set time after the procedure to keep the pressure on the treated vein so that it remains closed.
Sclerotherapy is typically recommended for small and medium-sized veins. For veins that are deep inside your leg, our specialist may recommend other treatment methods.
There are many reasons why veins become diseased, which is why you may need to make lifestyle changes in order to avoid further issues. Hereditary is the most common reason, but pregnancy, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle may also contribute to the formation of problematic veins. If you sit or stand for long periods, your heart and veins need to work harder to get the blood back to your heart and lungs. Over time, this weakens the veins and the blood starts to pool, causing the veins to stretch and bulge.
If you already have unwanted veins that cause embarrassment or discomfort, ask our specialist at Advanced Skin Care & Laser Center about sclerotherapy, and you may be able to erase the veins forever. Contact us today to book a consultation in Wyomissing.