Sclerotherapy is a treatment that is frequently used for vascular conditions like spider and pre-varicose veins. It is done when a solution is injected into the targeted veins in order to make the blood inside thicken and the walls collapse. Of all the treatment methods that are used for these vascular conditions, sclerotherapy has been around the longest.
Problematic veins start to develop when blood begins to pool in the veins. When it does, added pressure is placed against the vessel walls and they start to become visible through the skin.
Gravity can play a large part in the development of problematic veins. The gravitational pull causes the blood to try to flow in the opposite direction than the natural pumping action of the heart makes it flow. This happens when the valves inside the veins quit working properly. These valves are there to act as check valves to keep the blood from flowing backwards between beats of the heart. They are especially important in the leg veins because, for much of the time, the blood is being pumped uphill. If they fail to function properly, blood will go backwards and work against the normal flow, causing pressure to build up in the veins.
Spider veins develop in the smaller capillaries and are common in the legs, face and chest. They can be visible through the skin, often appearing blue, purple or red. They look like lines that are woven together. Seldom does one spider vein appear in isolation. Since they appear in bunches, they become even more visible.
Spider veins seldom produce any physical discomforts. They can, however, hurt someone’s self-confidence by the way they appear. For this reason, many individuals turn to our team of experts for help.
Sclerotherapy is a safe procedure that does not normally have serious risks associated with it. It can be done as an outpatient procedure in the comfort of our office with the patient returning home as soon as it is done. There is little to no downtime associated with the procedure.
Make an appointment at Delta Laser and Skin Care Centre to learn more about how sclerotherapy works and how it can help you. For your convenience, we have offices in Delta and Burnaby. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for sclerotherapy.