Sclerotherapy is a treatment for spider veins, a condition many suffer from that at the very least may be cosmetically displeasing and, at the worst, can actually have harmful physical effects.
For individuals looking to treat spider veins, when normal at home remedies such as compression socks or foot elevation do not work, they may decide to turn to sclerotherapy in Reston, VA.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins have many causes, but they are typically the result of venous insufficiency in an individual.
The pathology differs from case to case, but the proximal cause is a weakening of the veins and their circulatory strength–causing a pooling of blood in the veins.
The results can be entirely cosmetic, or they can even cause a heavy, achy or even painful sensation within an individual.
The causes for the weakening of the veins range from lost elasticity in the veins simply due to age, to loss tone in the veins from hormonal changes–such as those that come with pregnancy.
What Does Sclerotherapy Do to Treat Spider Veins?
The mechanism of action for sclerotherapy may surprise people, as sclerotherapy is actually the injection of a solution into veins that causes them to collapse. When this occurs, blood flow is rerouted through normally functioning veins.
The actual treatment is short, taking anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the severity of the veins.
Generally speaking, normal activity can be resumed immediately, but compression garments should be warn in the area to maintain pressure. After the procedure, patients should actually make sure to move around to ensure that blood clots don’t form.
If you’re worried about how your spider veins look or find that they’re negatively affecting your quality of life, you may be a good candidate for sclerotherapy.
If you want to know more, call Integrated Dermatology of Reston today to setup an appointment.