I Don’t Like these Ugly Veins…!
“Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful. I just know what to do with them.” Marlene Dietrich
Sclerotherapy is a procedure used to treat varicose veins. It has been around since the 1930’s. We have all heard the saying, “I have a circulation problem.” All “circulation problems are not the same, and clearly, a medical professional is needed to evaluate what is required. Varicose veins, which are more superficial can be treated with sclerotherapy and or laser therapy. For the purpose of this article, we will discuss sclerotherapy.
Sclerotherapy are not for veins that look like this. This requires surgery.
Sclerotherapy can be used for legs that look like this.
Both, however are caused by the inability of blood to return from the legs, back up to the heart because the valves are not functioning. As a result, the blood collects and the bulging, or distension of the veins causes a back pressure and all the veins that are connected, in turn get bigger. They can be painful, but even worse, they are not so cute!
Sclerotherapy involves injecting a solution directly into the culprit vein. The solution irritates the lining of the vein, causing it to swell and stick together. Over time, the vessel turns into scar tissue that fades from view. The results, however, if successful are instantaneous.