It’s a natural and far-reaching desire among women and men alike to want to maintain a youthful and vibrant appearance, particularly when it comes to clear and healthy skin. Smooth, unblemished skin across the body has a way of restoring our physical appearance to its optimal level, but this goal isn’t always as easy to achieve as individuals might prefer.
Below the surface of the skin, the network of veins and arteries the human body hosts are performing vital tasks on our behalf daily. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong within the circulatory system, the effects can often be significant causing underlying health issues as well as visible symptoms on the skin. From spider veins to the development of more severe varicose veins, individuals suffering from these conditions are often looking for solutions to both reducing or eliminating problematic veins entirely. Where once upon a time those in this situation were stranded with the exclusive treatment option of painful vein stripping, prospective patients today enjoy a longer line-up of cosmetic treatment options when it comes to clearing up skin by treating veins below the surface.
Causes Behind Spider and Varicose Veins
Sclerotherapy is a popular and minimally invasive treatment option amongst physicians treating patients hoping to reduce or eliminate spider veins. During this outpatient procedure, a small incision is made near the problematic vein after a local anesthetic is applied and the solution of sclerosant is injected. This chemical solution irritates the vein below the surface of the skin to the point of closure and eventually collapse. The body will then naturally reabsorb the vein which allows the skin to clear and blood to flow towards healthier vessels nearby. While Sclerotherapy may work on some less severe varicose veins, it’s more likely that a physician will recommend a patient treating both spider and varicose veins to use a combination of sclerotherapy treatments as well as radiofrequency ablation or laser vein ablation for deeper-lying veins.
The Benefits of Sclerotherapy and Energy-Based Varicose Vein Treatment Options
Sclerotherapy comes with the wonderful benefit of not requiring general anesthesia and allows patients to see quick results without the need for a long recovery period. While sclerotherapy is shown to clear up frustrating spider veins across the body, techniques such as radiofrequency ablation or laser vein ablation prove successful at reducing varicose veins as well as their associated symptoms. These symptoms may include everything from swelling and itching to painful cramping and skin discoloration.
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Whether you’re suffering from spider and varicose veins or are simply interested in learning more about sclerotherapy and our other vein treatment services, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Dr. Wright and his team at the St. Louis Laser Vein Center today to get more information on our many services or to schedule your initial consultation.
*Actual Patients: Individual Results May Vary