Varicose & Spider Vein Treatments Weston
Are You Embarrassed About Your Spider Veins?
As we get older, many of us develop varicose and spider veins on our legs, face, arms, and other parts of our body. The appearance of these prominent, unattractive veins are not only a nuisance, but in severe cases can be quite painful.
Spider veins, which more commonly appear on the face and legs, are purple or red in color and are smaller than varicose veins. They crop up close to the skin’s surface and are said to form in a web-like pattern, giving them their name. Spider veins are usually not painful and thus are considered strictly an aesthetic issue.
Varicose veins are larger and much more noticeable than spider veins. They are also red, purple or blue in color, and they most often develop in patients’ legs. Varicose veins can resemble long, bulging cords underneath the skin’s surface, sometimes in a slightly rippled pattern, and stand out from the skin in an obvious manner. Varicose veins can be painful, as well as cause aching and itching for patients who experience them.
Asclera® is an injectable vein treatment, effective for both spider veins and varicose veins. The treatment solution or sclerosing agent, once injected into problem veins, irritates the blood vessel’s lining and causes the vein to clot. The injections cause the vein to collapse and disappear .Soon after, the vein turns to scar tissue and quickly diminishes in appearance.
Generally, an injection is necessary for each inch-long segment of the vein. Sclerotherapy is performed on an outpatient basis, and each treatment usually takes 15 minutes to an hour. Multiple treatments are often necessary to completely collapse the veins. The more veins you want to treat, the more treatments you will need.
After each treatment, you may feel some itching and cramping in the treated area. Your doctor or nurse may advise you to wear a prescription-grade medical compression garment for at least two weeks after treatment to help the veins collapse and to reduce the risk of blood clots, a risk that increases for larger vessels. There may be bruising, but it will usually fade in a few weeks. Other side effects may include pigmentation or scarring. You should walk a bit every day after your treatment.
In general, spider veins respond to treatment in three to six weeks, and larger veins respond in three to four months. If the veins respond to the treatment, usually they will not reappear. However, new veins may appear over time. If needed, you may return for injections. Sclerotherapy works well for most patients. As many as 50 to 80 percent of injected veins may be eliminated with each session.
What causes spider and reticular veins? Spider and reticular veins can be caused by many factors.
Heredity. Having a family member with prominent veins may increase the risk of you developing them. Approximately half of the people who get varicose veins have a family history of them.
Age. The normal wear and tear of aging may cause valves in the veins to weaken and not work as well.
Gender. Women are two to three times more likely to develop varicose veins than men. Up to half of American women have varicose veins. Changes in hormones due to puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or taking birth control pills may increase a woman’s risk of developing varicose veins.
Pregnancy. During pregnancy, the growth of the fetus increases the pressure on the veins in the legs. Varicose veins that occur during pregnancy usually improve within 3 to 12 months following delivery.
Overweight and obesity. Having extra weight on the body can put additional pressure on the veins.
Prolonged standing or sitting. This is particularly true with legs bent or crossed. When standing or sitting with legs bent or crossed, the veins have to work harder to pump the blood up to the heart.
What should I avoid after receiving an Asclera® Injection?
For two to three days following the treatment, avoid (if you are uncertain, please ask your healthcare provider):
Long plane flights
Hot bath or sauna
After the procedure pressure gauze bandages are applied and are kept on for 24 hours.. Do not engage in contact sports, weight-bearing exercises involving the legs, or aerobics until your doctor says it is okay to resume these activities.
How long is each Asclera® session?
A typical sclerotherapy session lasts 15 to 45 minutes. One injection is usually administered per inch with multiple injections per session. Following treatment compression stockings or support hose should be worn continuously for 2-3 days and for 2-3 weeks during the day time.
How Do I Prepare for the Treatments?
Before your treatment, observe a couple simple guidelines:
- Avoid taking NSAID medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), in the week before your treatment.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your treatment, such as shorts or a long skirt.
How long Before the Veins Disappear?
After an initial disappearance at the injection site, the veins reappear and then slowly fade over six to eight weeks after treatment. Small vessels may disappear altogether, while larger ones will decrease in size.
Are There Any Side Effects from Sclerotherapy?
Side effects are generally mild and include:
- Swelling, tenderness and bruising around the injection site
- Discoloration around the injection site, usually disappearing within three months
- A hive-like rash that usually lasts no longer than a half hour
- Minor muscle cramping near the injection site (such as at the ankle or calf)
Who Should Not Have Sclerotherapy?
Those who should probably avoid sclerotherapy include:
- Pregnant women (although treatment is usually fine six months after delivery)
- People with a history of vein inflammation, blood clots in the legs, diabetes, leg ulcers, and arterial or other vascular problems