The Value of Sclerotherapy

Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 4.20.29 PMStudies estimate that approximately 33% of all adults have varicose veins, usually found on the calves or inside of the legs. While some Dayton varicose vein sufferers choose to manage symptoms by wearing compression stockings or elevating their legs at the end of a long workday, sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment for varicose and spider veins.

The Difference Between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Varicose veins look a bit like a twisted cord and often bulge above the surface of the skin. They are most often found on the legs. Spider veins are similar, but smaller and closer to the surface. Usually blue or red in color, they look almost like little spiderwebs–hence the name. Although found on the legs like varicose veins, spider veins can also be found on the face, and can be any size.

Sclerotherapy for Varicose and Spider Veins

It was once fairly common for patients with varicose veins to have them “stripped,” which was a surgical procedure that removed the superficial saphenous vein under spinal or general anesthesia. While this resulted in an improved appearance, it left patients with two or three scars on the legs, including one in the groin and, or course, came with the usual risks of anesthesia challenges and/or infection. Because newer vein treatments don’t require hospitalization or general anesthesia, and offer a faster recovery, vein stripping has, by and large, gone out of favor.

Sclerotherapy is a treatment option that works very well for the majority of my Dayton spider vein and varicose vein patients, has a rapid recovery and is done as an outpatient, eliminating the expense and time involved with general anesthesia in an operating room coupled with a hospital stay. Sclerotherapy is performed by injecting a liquid chemical into the vein, which causes the vein to stick together and seal shut. Over the course of 2-4 weeks, the appearance of the vein disappears.  Sometimes more than one treatment is required.

How to Lower Your Risk of Varicose Veins 

  1. Wear sunscreen to avoid the sun damage that leads to facial spider veins
  2. Maintain a normal weight to alleviate pressure on the legs
  3. Avoid crossing your legs, or sitting or standing for long periods of time without walking about
  4. Elevate your legs when you can, such as while watching TV or reading

If you or someone you know has concerns about the appearance of varicose veins or spider veins, make an appointment at our Dayton cosmetic surgery office for an evaluation. Just call us at (937) 839-4681 or complete this online consultation request form.  In very short order, I can advise you of the best possible treatment option.

To your health and beauty,
Raymond Wolf, DO
Dayton Cosmetic Surgeon

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