If you have varicose veins, there are many treatment options available. One of the best treatments for varicose veins is sclerotherapy, which can eliminate varicose veins, improve circulation, and alleviate symptoms. For spider veins and many varicose veins, sclerotherapy may be the best vein treatment to restore healthy circulation.
How Sclerotherapy Works
When a vein becomes varicose, it prevents blood flow from moving in the correct direction. This can cause a range of complications, as varicose vein symptoms may include swelling, throbbing, burning, itching, pain, heaviness, skin discoloration or ulcers, and more. Sclerotherapy destroys varicose veins and makes it possible for the circulatory system to redirect the blood flow through healthy veins.
During sclerotherapy treatment, a chemical irritant called a sclerosant is injected into the vein through a tiny needle. The sclerosant breaks down the vein walls and the vein closes. To fully close the vein may take several treatments, after which the vein will be permanently destroyed. The body flushes away the now useless vein and restores natural circulation using nearby healthier veins.
Is Sclerotherapy Better for Spider Veins or Varicose Veins?
While they differ in appearance, spider veins and varicose veins are both created by malfunctioning vein valves that inhibit healthy blood flow. Therefore, because sclerotherapy closes broken veins it can be used for both spider veins and varicose veins. Most often, sclerotherapy is used for spider veins and smaller varicose veins; however, it can also be effective in treating some larger varicose veins.
Should I Get Sclerotherapy or Another Vein Treatment for Varicose Veins?
Before attempting sclerotherapy for varicose or spider veins, vein specialists often recommend conservative treatment therapies. These usually include leg elevation to improve circulation and wearing compression stockings long term. However, if the vein is causing significant complications and/or symptoms, or if conservative treatments have already been tried and failed, sclerotherapy or another vein treatment is the next course of action.
Sclerotherapy is an excellent vein treatment and is often recommended for the treatment of varicose veins. However, sclerotherapy is not recommended for individuals who cannot walk, are pregnant, have blood clotting disorders, or who are unwilling to follow directions. Additionally, sclerotherapy can be ineffective on some large veins like the greater saphenous vein.
If sclerotherapy is not the best treatment for you, there are plenty of other excellent options for varicose vein treatment. These can include:
- EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation): Laser fiber treatment for varicose veins
- ClosureFast™: Radiofrequency (RF) energy treatment for varicose veins
- VenaSeal™: Medical adhesive treatment for varicose veins
- Ambulatory Phlebectomy: Micro-extraction surgery for varicose veins
- Excel V+ Laser: Laser treatment for small varicose veins and facial veins
Our vein specialists can help you determine whether or which treatment is ideal for your situation.
Varicose veins, often considered unsightly, can cause a wide range of undesirable symptoms that can negatively impact your quality of life. Treatment with sclerotherapy or another recommended vein treatment can improve appearance, eliminate symptoms, and reestablish healthy blood flow for overall better health. To schedule an appointment at Vein Specialists of Augusta, call (706) 854-8340 or contact us online today.