Sclerotherapy is a method for treating conditions like spider or varicose veins during which a solution is injected into the vein in order to make it disappear. The solution thickens the blood in the vessel and irritates the vessel walls. This causes the vein to collapse and seal off. The tissue that remains is then absorbed by the body over the weeks that follow the treatment.
Sclerotherapy is a reliable method for removing unwanted abnormal veins that has been in use for many years. It is still in use today because of its success rate and because it is fairly easy for professionals to administer. In addition, those receiving the treatment can return to their regular lifestyles immediately following the procedure. It is done in the comfort of our office without the need for a hospital stay. There is also very little risk for complications.
Varicose veins form when the vessels become enlarged beyond their normal size. This happens when blood begins to pool inside the veins, creating more pressure against the vessel walls than what is considered normal. These veins often begin to bulge out from the skin and can be blue, among other colors.
The pooling of the blood that can lead to varicose vein formation can be attributed to faulty valves within the veins. Inside these vessels are check valves that prevent things like the pull of gravity from causing the blood to flow backwards in the veins. If the valves are not functioning as they should, blood can begin to back up. The increased pressure that is then caused by the normal pumping action of the heart having to work against the blood that is trying to flow backwards causes the veins to become varicose.
Spider veins are similar except they develop in the capillaries, which are the small veins that branch off from the larger ones. They usually cause appearance issues only, whereas varicose veins can lead to other health risks and unpleasant symptoms.
If you have either condition and would like to discuss ways to make the unwanted veins go away, you should have a discussion with our professional at Aesthetic Medicine & Veins in Mississauga. During the conversation, you can ask any questions you may have about sclerotherapy and let the specialist determine if it is likely to work for you. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!