Nothing Scary About Sclerotherapy
Halloween came a few weeks ago, but for so many people all across Canada, dealing with a particular scary issue is something they have to do all year round. Varicose and spider veins are usually referred to as “unsightly”. Perhaps, the week in which the scariest night of the year takes place is the perfect time to discuss a special treatment that can help do away with the fears of living with varicose and spider veins. Trust me though, there is nothing scary about sclerotherapy for your veins.
“In my office, I see a lot of spider and varicose veins in women over the age of thirty. Varicose veins are the bulging, blue, grey veins that pop out of the skin on the thigh or leg,” explains Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian on an episode of “The Doctors”, “Spider veins are the smallest vessels.” But is there a solution for these “unsightly” inhabitants of our legs? A video clip from the show, found on YouTube, goes on to answer that question.
Sclerotherapy works wonders in eliminating these veins. No, regardless of its name, it’s not a “scary therapy”. It’s actually a safe and effective way to improve the look of your legs or other areas where you may be experiencing the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Most people tend to simply cover them up with clothing. And during the colder months of the season, that’s fairly easy to do.
But what happens when summer rolls around again next year? Having to spend it wearing long pants won’t exactly add to your enjoyment. Perhaps, the fall is the best time to undergo Sclerotherapy treatments. Just imagine your next summer in shorts, completely free of any concern that people will be staring at your “unsightly” legs. You’ll be happy to know, there is nothing scary about sclerotherapy.
So does it work exactly? During a treatment, a sclerosing agent is injected into the veins. The solution sticks and clings to the walls of the veins causing irreversible damage. This may sound painful, but it isn’t. What happens is that veins are forced to constrict and close over a period of a few weeks. Eventually, the body breaks these veins down and disposes of them naturally.
The end result is vein-free skin! One of the greatest aspects of Sclerotherapy is that it does not require a lot of the patient’s time. In fact, the average treatment for spider veins is about ten to fifteen minutes. Patients are also able to return to their regular activities immediately following a treatment. They are, however, asked to walk for at least 30 minutes once a treatment is complete.
Soon after, patients are also asked to wear a compression bandage or stocking and a follow-up treatment is recommended within a week or two of the initial treatment. Patients find that Sclerotherapy helps them with more than just the removal of the varicose and spider veins. Reduced swelling of the ankles as well as decreased pressure and heaviness in the legs are also positive outcomes.
On “The Doctors”, Dr. Karamanoukian demonstrates just how safe, quick and effective the treatment is. It is shown that the disappearance of the spider veins can be detected immediately “right in front of our eyes”. For more information on how Sclerotherapy can help you, call DermMedica toll free at 1-866-861-3070, or if you are in Kelowna, call 250-868-3070.