If you’ve ever had to deal with uncomfortable spider or varicose veins, then chances are you’ve heard of Sclerotherapy. This treatment option is one of the most commonly known ways to shrink enlarged veins. Here are some quick facts about treating Spider Veins with Sclerotherapy to help familiarize you with this popular treatment option.
History of Sclerotherapy
Sclerotherapy dates back 150 years as a treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. Reports suggest the first procedure was performed in Switzerland as early as 1682. During this, and later instances, veins were injected with a fluid in a bid to stop diseased veins in their path. As costs for this treatment type, as well as the drug risks, increased, vein stripping became the go-to treatment option for a long period of time. That was until groundbreaking discoveries for safer fluids and finer syringes made the treatment option relevant again. In the present day, Sclerotherapy is the preferred treatment for spider vein and varicose veins.
How Sclerotherapy Works
To get rid of diseased veins, Sclerotherapy injects a chemical known as the “sclerosant” into a patient’s vein which works to create a clot in the vessel. This sens blood somewhere else instead of the diseased vein which is now “dead.” Eventually those veins that are no longer being used will be absorbed and the appearance of the unsightly veins on the skin level will be reduced or eliminated.
Modern Developments in Sclerotherapy
Today there are many treatment options for vein problems. Modern Sclerotherapy performed with a guided ultrasound or using a trans-illumination light helps doctors to visually see as treatment is injected into the vein as well as find veins that don’t appear on the skin’s surface but are also diseased and treat those accordingly.
If you’re ready to finally get treatment for your varicose and spider veins, speak with a specialist today to hear your options!