If you are one of the 24 million Americans who suffer some form of vein disease, you may have heard about a popular vein disease treatment called sclerotherapy. Like most modern vein treatments, sclerotherapy is a technique that vein specialists use to permanently close and seal off diseased veins, thus improving both your circulation and your appearance.
How Does Sclerotherapy Work?
Sclerotherapy is one of the most common minimally invasive vein treatments that patients opt for at the Flower Mound Vein Center. Minimally invasive means that the procedure doesn’t require major surgery and can be performed on an outpatient basis, with no need to visit a hospital or use general anesthetics. You can relax knowing all of your vein treatments will be done in one place, and that each treatment will last only an hour or less.
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a chemical solution or foam directly into the varicose vein or spider vein, causing it to collapse and seal off. Gradually, the body reabsorbs the vein, causing it to disappear from your skin. In addition, the body naturally reroutes the blood to healthier veins in the area, thus improving your circulation. You’ll feel better and you’ll look better too.
Who Will Perform the Procedure?
Dr. Robert Handley is a board-certified vascular surgeon with extensive experience performing sclerotherapy Dallas and other effective vein treatments, including microphlebectomy and endovenous laser treatment (EVLT treatment). Each of these procedures has their own advantages and some are better for getting rid of varicose veins while others are better for treating spider veins. So, before your treatment, Dr. Handley will perform a thorough venous health screening and evaluation, and he will discuss with you the options best suited to your personal vein condition and your treatment preferences.
Are the Results of Sclerotherapy Permanent?
The results of sclerotherapy are permanent, in that the treated vein will not re-open and cause you problems in the future. However, sclerotherapy is not able to prevent new varicose veins or spider veins from developing in the future. If you are predisposed to vein disease, you may develop new varicose veins that require further treatment at some point. People who are at particular risk of vein disease include those who are older than 50 years of age, women, and people with a family history of vein disease. If you are overweight or obese and physically inactive, you are also at increased risk. Finally, if you have to spend long periods of time on your feet, you are at greater risk of future vein disease, as standing places extra stress on your circulatory system. Over time, this stress weakens the vein walls and valves, leading to the pooling of blood in the veins and a high likelihood of spider veins and varicose veins.
However the good news is that future vein treatments will be as simple and effective as the first one. And if your vein disease treatment needs change, the vein specialists at Flower Mound, TX can explain all available treatment options to you and help you select the best treatment method for both your circulatory health and your aesthetic concerns.
If you have any questions about sclerotherapy or the other treatment methods, the cost of spider vein treatment or just about venous health in general, please call Dr. Handley and his team to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you!