Varicose veins are a common and frustrating condition for millions of men and women. These veins can twist and turn into unsightly and painful bulges on your legs.
If you’re fed up with hiding your legs and having to deal with the pain and discomfort, sclerotherapy could be the solution you’ve been searching for. This revolutionary treatment, offered at Dr. Jay's Tustin Place Medical Group in Tustin, California, can make your legs look terrific and feel great again.
Varicose veins are caused by weak vein walls and valves
Your veins have one-way valves that open to let blood pass through as it travels to your heart. After blood passes through a vein, the vein closes to prevent the blood from going backward. Sometimes, the walls of your veins can become weak and stretch out as they lose elasticity. This can cause vein valves to weaken and can prevent them from functioning properly.
When valves don’t work as they should, blood can start to flow in the wrong direction and pool in your veins. This can cause your veins to become swollen and enlarged, thus resulting in varicose veins. The veins in your legs are more likely to become varicose than elsewhere in your body, because they’re constantly fighting gravity to direct blood up to your heart. So when these valves weaken, it’s easier for blood in this region to pool.
Sclerotherapy can remove varicose veins
With sclerotherapy, a sclerosant agent is injected into a varicose vein to irritate the walls and cause them to collapse. The walls then stick together and cause the blood to clot. The varicose vein is then eventually eliminated by your body, and your blood finds alternative veins to travel through.
While the procedure is minimally invasive, it’s not unusual to experience some minor cramping or stinging as the sclerosant is injected into the vein. There may be some pain during the treatment, but your doctor will guide you to the right pain medication.
The great thing about sclerotherapy is that you’ll be able to return to your regular activities right away. You’ll probably be advised to wear compression stockings or socks for a few days to aid in the collapsing of the vein and to help prevent blood clots from forming.
You can expect permanent results from sclerotherapy
As your body eliminates your veins treated, you’ll no longer have to deal with the symptoms of those veins in the future. Though other veins may become varicose over time, you can take steps to prevent this from happening by getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding standing for long periods of time.
Not only can sclerotherapy get rid of your varicose veins, it can help improve your blood flow. With improved circulation, you could eliminate the pain associated with varicose veins. One study found that 83% of people experienced a decrease in pain.
To find out more about treating your varicose veins with sclerotherapy, book an appointment with Dr. Jay's Tustin Place Medical Group today.