Veins you can see, whether they’re tiny or large, may not cause pain, but they can affect the way your skin looks. Even if you have symptoms from your varicose veins, Augustine Eze, MD, FACS, can diminish them and relieve their symptoms with sclerotherapy at Metroview Vascular & Surgical, which has two locations in Charlotte and Gastonia, North Carolina. To learn more about the treatment and find out if it’s right for you, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical or book an appointment online today.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure to treat certain complications with your veins and their symptoms. During the treatment, Dr. Eze carefully injects the affected vein with a chemical solution called a sclerosant. The sclerosant disrupts your vein and causes it to swell, constrict, and close off.
Once sclerotherapy closes the vein, blood can no longer flow through it. Eventually, your body absorbs the vein because it is no longer using it. Most people need multiple sclerotherapy sessions to see a complete closure of the vein. About a month after each session, you’ll follow up with Dr. Eze to find out if you need any more treatments and how many it will take.
Sclerotherapy treats several common vascular conditions and alleviates their symptoms. Specifically, Dr. Eze recommends sclerotherapy to treat spider veins and varicose veins:
Spider veins are tiny red blood vessels that you can see on your skin’s surface. They typically don’t cause discomfort or other symptoms, but you might not like the way they look. One of the most common areas for spider veins is in your face so that they can have an impact on your appearance.
Varicose veins are engorged, twisted veins that raise to the surface of your skin, most commonly on your legs. They develop when blood pools in your veins because of broken or weak valves. Varicose veins are often more than just a cosmetic issue, causing symptoms like leg pain, itching, and burning. Left untreated and unmanaged, they can cause leg ulcers, blood clots, and other severe complications.
Preparing for sclerotherapy requires a physical examination by Dr. Eze. He evaluates your veins and asks about your medical history to find out why you might have them. To help you prepare for sclerotherapy, he might advise you to:
After the procedure, Dr. Eze advises you to get up and start walking around right away. Moving around can help prevent blood clots, but you should avoid strenuous exercise for several weeks after sclerotherapy. You’ll also need to wear compression stockings or bandages to hold pressure on your treated veins.
To learn more about sclerotherapy and find out if you’re a candidate, call Metroview Vascular & Surgical or book an appointment online today.