Sclerotherapy lets vein doctors inject special medication into veins, so they collapse and disappear. Spider vein treatments and varicose vein procedures that involve sclerotherapy are mostly pain-free. What happens after the treatment, though? Will you be able to return to your normal life? Here’s what you shouldn’t do after your Sclerotherapy Procedure.
To answer that question, first, you must have a better understanding of how sclerotherapy works and what to expect from it.
With a sclerotherapy treatment, a physician injects an irritating solution into a diseased vein. The medication causes the vein to swell, and eventually, it loses blood flow. When that happens, the body will automatically reroute the blood, and the vein will collapse and disappear.
Some people experience mild side effects after the treatment near the injection site, such as:
None of these issues should interfere with daily life, though. Deciding when to get a cosmetic vein treatment is both a personal decision and a medical one, so talk to a doctor if to see if it’s right for you.
It will vary from patient to patient. On average, veins fade within a few weeks. It may be a month to see the full effect, though. Large varicose veins may take a few months to disappear.
Sclerotherapy completely obliterates the treated vein, so it does last. It only works on the treated areas, though. Having this procedure done does not mean you won’t develop more diseased veins. The physician will talk to you about ways to prevent the problem and keep your veins healthy to reduce the risk.
You should follow whatever instructions your vein doctor provides. For most, that will include normal activities within a couple of hours of the treatment, including returning to work, as long as your job is not too strenuous.
The doctor will likely suggest you walk around some to help improve the circulation in the legs and promote healing.
It might be beneficial for some to wear compression stockings, but it is not a requirement for every patient. The doctor will discuss this option with you and let you know if it is appropriate.
For the most part, you can expect to return to your normal activities. There are a few restrictions for patients who undergo sclerotherapy, though. The doctor will recommend that you avoid:
Although rare, there can be complications with sclerotherapy such as:
Since allergies are possible, tell your physician if you have had a reaction to a similar treatment in the past and of any known allergies.
If you have varicose veins, now is an excellent time to meet our vein physicians in Florida at Vein911 Vein Treatment Center.
Spider veins are a common problem affecting millions of people all over the United States. Not only are these veins embarrassing, but they may also signal the presence of more serious vein disease.
Spider veins are abnormal veins that often develop with age. These veins are thin and twisted, and they usually appear close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins are more common among people who are overweight, have a genetic predisposition for developing spider veins, have been pregnant or spend a lot of time on their feet. If left untreated, spider veins tend to become worse over time.
In general, spider veins are considered one of the lesser vein problems because they are less noticeable and cause fewer symptoms than other vein problems, such as varicose veins. However, this does not mean that spider veins are not a serious issue. Spider veins are caused by the same vein issues that lead to varicose veins. In most cases, these veins develop because of a malfunction in the valves that prevent blood from flowing backward. When these valves stop working properly, blood can pool in the vein, causing it to dilate.
If spider veins are signaling the presence of venous reflux or venous insufficiency, then they are not simply a cosmetic issue. Problems with the valves inside the vein can lead to more serious complications than spider veins, such as varicose veins. Varicose veins are often painful and unsightly, making them highly inconvenient for patients. If varicose veins are left untreated, they may even ulcerate and become infected.
In the worst cases, someone with venous insufficiency or venous reflux may even develop a more serious complication known as “deep vein thrombosis” or “DVT.” This condition occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep within the leg. Deep vein thrombosis can be life-threatening, as the clot may break free and travel to the lungs.
If you think you may have spider veins, the best thing you can do to protect yourself from developing serious complications is to seek treatment from an experienced vein doctor. Not only with your vein doctor be able to help you explore treatment options to eliminate your spider veins, but he or she will also be able to evaluate your veins and look for signs of more serious problems. In addition, your vein doctor will be able to teach you how to recognize the signs of other vein problems so you can seek treatment quickly if they develop.
To get started, please contact Vein911 today to schedule a consultation.
Varicose veins form when the tiny valves inside your veins stop functioning properly, allowing your blood to “slow down” and collect behind the valves. Over time, this increased pressure behind the valves causes the vessel walls to weaken and bulge, and it also causes the valves to fail. Being physically inactive is a main contributing factor to varicose veins and other circulatory disorders and diseases because when you’re still, your blood flow automatically slows down, increasing the risk of pressure buildup inside your veins. Running and other aerobic activity keeps your blood moving more quickly, and that means it can help prevent blood from collecting behind those tiny valves, decreasing your risk of valve malfunction and vein disorders. Plus, being more physically active helps you maintain a healthier weight, which can also decrease pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.
If you have varicose veins already, you may be familiar with the discomfort they can cause, including aching, stinging and burning sensations, and you also may have experienced fatigue and tiredness in your legs, especially when running. But just because you experience those symptoms — as unpleasant as they may be — that doesn’t mean you need to give up running. Many athletes who suffer from varicose veins are able to continue with their running routine without those painful symptoms. At Vein911, we offer athlete vein treatment tailored to the special needs of athletes of all levels to help them enjoy their activities without pain and other symptoms. The key is to seek treatment for your symptoms early.
Our vein treatment program starts with an evaluation of your symptoms as well as your blood vessels to look for signs of circulation problems. Since varicose veins can develop deep below the skin surface, they can be difficult to see, especially if you have well-developed muscles. At our practice, we use advanced technology to look for varicose veins and other circulation problems so your treatment can be tailored specifically for your needs.
While running and other aerobic activity can help prevent varicose veins, it’s still important to have your veins evaluated to ensure your circulatory system stays in top shape, especially as you get older. In addition to providing you with state-of-the-art treatment options for varicose veins and other circulation issues, Vein911 also offers lifestyle guidance to help athletes of all levels stay active and healthy so they can keep participating in the sports and activities they love. To learn more about athlete vein treatment or to schedule a vein evaluation, call Vein911 at 855-396-9111 today.
Nobody likes varicose veins, but few people realize just how serious the condition can be. These dark, bugling and twisting veins are widely reviled for aesthetic reasons. They can make otherwise smooth, unblemished, and youthful skin appear lumpy, mottled, and, quite frankly, old.
However, people who suffer from varicose veins have much more to worry about than mere good looks. The condition can be uncomfortable if not downright painful. It can also be a sign of a lack of adequate blood flow (otherwise known as venous insufficiency).
Healthy leg veins fight gravity to carry blood upward, but when these veins become ravaged by disease or disorder, they can no longer return blood to essential organs such as the heart and lungs. Under the force of gravity, blood begins to pool within affected veins, causing them to darken and protrude.
Due to their distinctive nature and easily identifiable features, varicose veins are typically self-diagnosable. The two primary visible signs of varicose veins are….
Although not all cases of varicose veins will manifest symptoms of pain and/or discomfort, pain becomes much more likely as the condition progresses. Advanced varicose vein symptoms include…
In particularly pronounced cases of varicose veins, individuals may experience color changes of the skin, hardening of varicose veins, topical bleeding from varicose veins, and a painful cord within one or more varicose veins. Individuals can also develop skin ulcers on or near the ankle. If an ulcer develops, however, emergency medical attention is immediately required. These ulcers are signs of a serious form of vascular disease that must be treated without delay.
Thankfully, modern medical science has developed a range of treatments to mitigate the effects of varicose veins or eliminate them altogether.
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If you’re in the greater Tampa Bay area and you have questions about varicose veins or varicose vein treatment, contact Dr. Chris Pittman and the medical specialists at Vein 911. A skilled and knowledgeable vein expert is standing by to assist you.
Named after their tendency to look like spider webs, spider veins spread out beneath the skin in unsightly and sometimes painful networks of red, blue, or purple tendrils. They appear as a result of age or disease and share the same underlying pathology as varicose veins. In fact, the two conditions often appear together when the elasticity of veins begin to wane causing internal valves to lose functionality. As a result, blood begins to pool under the natural effects of gravity, causing a great amount of internal pressure to build.
The principal difference between spider veins and varicose veins lies in their relative size and appearance. While varicose veins are quite large and often budge and protrude, spider veins are typically smaller and lie beneath the smooth and unbroken surface of the skin. However, despite their small size, spider veins can cause many of the medical issues that are common to varicose veins, including throbbing, aching, and itching. Of course, they also can become quite unsightly as they begin to spread out over larger and larger areas.
Whether they want treatment for medical or purely cosmetic reasons, people have long sought to rid themselves of spider veins Historically speaking, very little could be done to combat or eradicate this unfortunate condition. Modern medical practices brought surgical techniques such as “vein stripping” that allowed physicians to remove many types of varicose veins. However, the delicate nature of spider veins has traditionally made such procedures exceedingly difficult.
Today, individuals who suffer from spider veins can choose among several safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment techniques. Most of these treatments fall under one of the following two categories:
For more information about sclerotherapy and laser-based treatment methods for spider veins, contact a highly skilled and knowledgeable representative at Vein 911.
Sclerotherapy is a non-invasive procedure for the treatment of varicose veins, spider veins, and general venous insufficiency. The procedure can be completed in the doctor’s office in a manner of minutes and requires no anesthesia whatsoever. It offers both cosmetic and medical benefits, causing diseased veins to close, collapse, and fade from view. This process also combats the often painful and sometimes dangerous symptoms of venous insufficiency (or lack of sufficient blood flow, which causes blood to pool and blood pressure to rise in the lower extremities).
The sclerotherapy procedure involves your doctor injecting all affected veins with a solution using a small hypodermic needle. This solution scars and closes those veins, causing blood to naturally reroute to healthier veins nearby. Over time, the diseased veins simply collapse and reabsorb into the surrounding tissue, fading or disappearing entirely from sight.
Recovery time after sclerotherapy is minimal. You will be able to get up and walk around within minutes after the procedure. In fact, your doctors will encourage walking and moving in order to prevent potential blood clots.
Most people resume routine activities the same day, but are generally warned against exposing treated areas to direct sunlight or engaging in strenuous exercise for a period of two weeks. Over this same period of time, patients must wear tight bandages or, more commonly, compression stockings to place firm but gentle pressure on treated veins. Compression stockings improve blood flow and decrease the pooling of blood in the feet, ankles, and lower legs, generally promoting healing and decreasing discomfort.
In addition to the aforementioned risk of blood clots, the potential side effects of sclerotherapy include…
In the immediate aftermath of the injections, patients can experience localized pain, temporary swelling, capillary dilation, localized hives, tape compression blisters, and tape compression folliculitis. Of course, doctors should also take care to address any known allergies and anticipate unknown allergic reactions.
Adhering to doctor’s orders regarding sunlight exposure and exercise restrictions can help to combat many side effects. The proper use of compression stockings can also limit and/or eliminate these issues.
Patients who received treatment for small varicose veins or spider veins typically see significant results from sclerotherapy in three to six weeks. Larger veins, however, may require multiple treatments and/or take three to four months before yielding anything but superficial results. Although new varicose or spider veins may appear in the same area, treated veins generally don’t return.
Individuals who want to know more about sclerotherapy and its aftereffects are encouraged to contact Dr. Chris Pittman and the Tampa, Florida medical specialists at Vein 911.
As far as vein disease is concerned, spider veins are a relatively minor problem. These small starbursts of purple or black can be covered with makeup, but it doesn’t solve the problem. However, if you feel uncomfortable wearing shorts or swimwear because of spider veins, that’s a horse of another color. And when spider veins can show up on the face, you may want to take action. Cosmetic treatment to eliminate spider veins is actually pretty easy. Here’s the skinny on spider veins and their treatment from Dr. Chris Pittman at Vein 911 in Tampa, Florida
Each time your heart beats, blood moves through the body. The force of the heartbeat keeps blood moving in the arteries. In the veins, however, the pressure is low enough that blood would move backwards in the pause between beats. Tiny flaps of tissue called valves close to keep the blood from flowing backwards. Those valves can wear out; when they don’t close completely, the blood begins to pool and distend the vein. This is how varicose veins develop, and a spider vein is just a small form of varicose vein.
Sclerotherapy is generally considered the gold standard when it comes to treating spider veins. “Sclero” means scar, and that’s how the treatment works. The doctor injects a solution or foam into the vein with a tiny needle. The solution is irritating to the vein wall, which promptly swells up and then collapses on itself. The vein walls stick together and gradually heal closed. Eventually, the vein is completely absorbed by surrounding tissue and becomes pretty much invisible.
Unlike sclerotherapy, VeinGogh does not require a needle. This technique relies on heat to seal the vein. Instead of a needle, VeinGogh uses a hair-thin fiber to deliver the heat. It is a very precise technique that can pinpoint a damaged vein. Unlike lasers, which are also sometimes used for spider veins, VeinGogh doesn’t cause the “sunburn” effect of delivering heat through the skin and tissue to the vein. If a spider vein doesn’t respond to sclerotherapy, VeinGogh is often the next choice. VeinGogh can also be used on spider veins too small for sclerotherapy.
Both sclerotherapy and VeinGogh procedures are relatively quick, lasting about 30 minutes. You may be asked not to shave the area being treated or to apply lotion. The doctor or assistant will thoroughly clean the treatment area prior to the procedure. After the procedure is completed, you may need to wear special compression stockings or a dressing to help the vein collapse. You should be able to resume your normal activities within a day at most, with the possible exception of vigorous exercise.
Which ever method you chose, spider vein treatment is quick; you won’t lose much time and the healing process is also relatively short. If you’re looking for spider vein treatment, please contact us. We can schedule an appointment or answer any questions you may have.
For most patients, spider veins don’t present a significant medical problem. However, they can affect an individual’s self-confidence. Fortunately, physicians are able to easily get rid of them, thanks to two treatments.
These abnormal vessels take their name from their resemblance to a spider’s web. Usually red or blue, they most often appear on the legs or the face. While a spider vein is similar to a varicose vein, it is smaller, less than 1 mm in diameter, and is usually closer to the surface of the skin, according to the UCDavis Health System. A varicose vein has a diameter of more than 3 mm.
A vein is a soft-walled vessel with the job of transporting blood from the lower extremities to the heart. Each vessel has a one-way valve that prevents blood from going backward despite gravity. When vessels becomes damaged, these valves weaken, allowing blood to pool behind them. Pressure from this pooled blood causes a vessel to dilate and thicken. The result is a spider or a varicose vein.
Physicians associate a number of risk factors with spider vein development. The most common include:
Being obese or overweight
A leg injury
Getting rid of a spider vein problem is easier than ever today. Two outpatient therapies are available.
Many doctors refer to sclerotherapy as the gold standard of spider vein treatment. It is also useful for eliminating small varicose vessels. Using a very fine needle, the physician injects each targeted vein with a special liquid known as a sclerosant.
The Mayo Clinic explains that this liquid works by causing irritation to the vein lining, resulting in swelling and closure. The vein eventually disappears. Surrounding vessels assume the circulatory workload of the ones destroyed. Most patients report little if any discomfort during this procedure and are able to return to their normal routine, absent any strenuous activities, the following day.
Spider vein patients who wish to avoid injections have the option of treatment with the VeinGogh Ohmic Thermolysis Treatment System. VeinGogh™ indicates that an adult in good health with thin spider vessels is a good candidate. However, this therapy does not treat larger, deeper vessels or feeder vessels.
Treatments usually last 30 minutes or less, depending on the number of vessels targeted. The physician uses radiofrequency energy administered through a very fine probe to get rid of each unwanted vessel in any part of the body. VanGogh eliminates vessels immediately and is particularly useful for those that have proven resistant to sclerotherapy, pulsed light therapy, or laser treatment.
It is important for patients to realize that no spider vein treatment can prevent the formation of new vessels over time. For this reason, some individuals return periodically for additional sessions.