Also known as Sclerotherapy, varicose vein treatment is done to treat varicose and spider veins to get more youthful legs. A small amount of saline is injected into the veins under the skin’s surface during the procedure. Using this solution damages the innermost lining of the vein, causing a clot that blocks blood flow in the vein, which causes it to collapse. The body will naturally absorb the vein over time, and it will disappear.
A varicose vein is a common sight in adults; around one-third of the adult population have varicose veins.
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Who is eligible to get the treatment?
People who do not like the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins can benefit from Sclerotherapy. An ideal candidate is one; who is in good health and has a healthy weight. Note that this treatment is not suitable for pregnant women.
Causes of Varicose vein
Damaged or weak valves may lead to varicose veins. Arteries carry blood from the heart to the rest of the body, and veins return the blood to the heart. The veins in the legs have to work against gravity to return blood to the heart.
Contracting muscles act as pumps in the lower legs, and elastic vein walls return blood to the heart. Tiny valves open in the veins as blood flows to the heart, then close to prevent blood from flowing backward. A weak or damaged valve can allow blood to flow backward and pool in the veins, stretching or twisting them.
There are various reasons for vein walls and valves to become weak, like:
- Excess Weight
- Restrictive clothing
Results and recovery after Sclerotherapy
The veins will shrink or become pale after the sclerosing solution is injected. The vein gradually fades and disappears, leaving you with clear, flawless skin. After the procedure, patients are advised to wear compression dressing on the legs for 1-2 weeks. Patients may experience redness, itching, and swelling at the treatment sites. However, most patients return to normal activities immediately following the treatment. To ensure that the results are going well, you must schedule a follow-up visit within two weeks of treatment.
Does Varicose vein re-occur after the treatment?
Even though Varicose vein treatment is effective, it can still return. After treatment, those who become pregnant are more likely to experience varicose veins recurrence. You are also more likely to get varicose veins back if you live a sedentary lifestyle or are obese.