Sclerotherapy Can Reduce or Eliminate Varicose and Spider Veins
Sclerotherapy at our Oklahoma City, OK, office is a quick, non-invasive treatment that can dramatically improve varicose veins and spider veins. To perform this procedure, Dr. James B. Lowe injects the treatment area with a special solution that will cause the unwanted veins to visibly fade. In addition to cosmetic improvement, sclerotherapy can improve symptoms related to varicose veins, such as aching and swelling. Our plastic surgery practice uses advanced techniques while focusing on personalized care to ensure both your comfort and treatment satisfaction.
In addition to cosmetic improvement, sclerotherapy can improve symptoms related to varicose veins, such as aching and swelling.
Causes and Risk Factors
Varicose veins are dilated veins that form in the legs close to the surface of the skin. They develop when the valves in your veins weaken, causing blood to flow backward and collect in your veins. As the blood builds up, the veins develop a rope-like, deeply colored appearance, and they can protrude visibly through the skin. Although sclerotherapy can treat both varicose veins and spider veins, they are not the same thing. Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels that are visible under the skin. They have a wispy, web-like appearance and are usually harmless. However, spider veins can be a symptom of poor circulation and of varicose vein formation.
Varicose veins are extremely common, and anyone can develop them. However, they are more likely to affect you if you are a woman, overweight, a smoker, or spend a lot of time on your feet or a lot of time sitting. Pregnancy, menopause, and genetics can also increase your risk. It is not uncommon to develop both varicose veins and spider veins.
Candidates for Sclerotherapy
Patients have their varicose and spider veins treated to improve their appearance, but also to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. Cramping, burning, throbbing, and restless or tired legs are some of the symptoms associated with varicose veins and sometimes with spider veins. To qualify for sclerotherapy, you should be in good general health with no blood or bone disorders. You should not undergo sclerotherapy if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.