Spider veins are blood vessels that form under the surface of the skin in some people. Varicose veins are abnormal veins that form when blood is unable to return to the heart. Spider veins are smaller versions of varicose veins that tend to have a spider web-like appearance. Although spider veins are usually completely harmless, they can be disfiguring, and many people would like to have them removed if possible. Sclerotherapy is a procedure for removing spider veins.
What are Spider Veins?
When your veins are functioning normally, they are responsible for returning deoxygenated blood back to your heart after it has traveled throughout your body. Your veins normally have one-way valves that prevent the backflow of blood. For reasons that are not entirely known, some of these one-way valves can malfunction and lead to blood pooling in the blood vessel. These abnormal blood vessels can then become more visible when seen through the surface of your skin.
What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a procedure that we can use to remove spider veins and varicose veins. We inject a special solution into the problem vein, which irritates it and forces the collapse of the vein. The blood that once flowed through the spider vein will eventually be re-absorbed by your body, along with the vein itself.
We can perform this procedure right here in the comfort of our office. We begin by thoroughly cleansing the treatment area. Then we can inject the solution into the problem vein with the use of specialized techniques. How many veins require injections depends upon your unique situation and overall medical condition.
Before the Procedure
You’ll want to avoid taking certain medications before your sclerotherapy procedure since they can cause skin staining when taken within a week before or after your procedure. Please inform us if you are required to take any kind of antibiotic before your procedure.
After the Procedure
Following your procedure, you can drive yourself home if you wish. You may also take part in your normal activities, including walking. You may need to wear some form of compression garment or support hosiery to compress vessels in the treatment area.
How Can I Learn More?
If you are looking for more information about sclerotherapy and how it can be used to address your spider veins, simply book an appointment at DermaNuva Skin & Health Care in Olds, Alberta. We would be more than happy to assess your veins and determine if sclerotherapy can work for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!