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Leg Veins Be Gone! A Look At Sclerotherapy

Jul 29 • Procedures, Treatment • 1624 Views • Comments Off on Leg Veins Be Gone! A Look At Sclerotherapy

Leg veins are quite unattractive and we all seem to have some, regardless of age or gender. Fortunately, there is a way to get rid of them called sclerotherapy. A solution called the sclerosing solution in injected with a very fine needle directly into the blood vessel (the vein in question). Then, the solution irritates the lining of the vessel, causing it to swell and stick together.

Over a period of weeks, a vessel turns into scar tissue and eventually fades, and becomes barely noticeable. Depending on the size of the vein, you might need to have multiple injections several weeks apart.

How successful is sclerotherapy? After several treatments, patients can expect and 50-90 percent improvement. Even though the fading process is slow and gradual, total disappearance can be achieved.

Side effects of this treatment are mild, including itching, swelling, redness. There might also be bruising around the injection area that could last up to several days. After treatment, you can resume regular activity and walking is highly encouraged. You will be given a support stocking to  wear in order to compress the treated vessels. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory medications for 48 hours. Tylenol is acceptable.

For treatment of larger varicose veins, there are also surgery treatments. Tying off the veins (litigation) and pulling them out (stripping) can be used on bigger varicose veins.

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